Besting Myself

5K Run for Literacy - Trail Run

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Location:

Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I am no great runner, by any means. I'm at an ordinary - or perhaps more like mediocre - level. But that's not important. I am just a girl that loves the fresh air on my face and the feel of my shoes on the pavement.

I began Fast Running Blog a year ago to ensure that each run carried a specific focus to attain my goal of qualifying for Boston. "Ready. Set. Go!" I wrote. And with that, I ran and I ran, day after day piling up miles and races, bit by bit.

During my long distance training runs I discovered that the only opponent I had was myself, the way that I used to be. Had I mproved over yesterday?

As I ran for the last time in the year 2016, I reflected on my blog posts. In all, I ran a total of 2016.89 miles, particpated in 23 races, survived every possible weather condition, and recovered from one injury.

I was a different person and runner than I was 365 days earlier. I was wiser, stronger, and faster and discovered that I could take on any challege that life threw my way. Oh, and by the way, I qualified for Boston!

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

As long as I have the sense of satisfaction at having done my very best - and, possibly, learned some significant discovery about myself in the process - then that in itself is an accomplishment, a positive feeling that can carry over to the next run or race.

Long-Term Running Goals:

My long-term goal is to be injury-free. I am really focusing on post run stretching and yoga throughout the week.

Personal:

I am a single mother of two adult children and a grandmother of two grandchildren. I have a great relationshilp with my son and daughter. My son often joins me on my weekend runs. My daughter and I enjoy traveling together.

I proudly teach for the public school system. I teach first grade which is extremely rewarding. I also coach our school's Girls on the Run program. The girls say that I inspire them, but they truly inspire me. Growing up today is difficult. I am glad that there are programs that help our youth learn how to be strong, resillient, and confident.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 162.57 Year: 852.13
Brooks Ghost 8 Lifetime Miles: 515.94
Saucony Triumph Lifetime Miles: 447.12
Brooks Ghost 8 Lifetime Miles: 480.68
Brooks Ghost 9 Lifetime Miles: 548.15
Saucony Triumph Iso2 Lifetime Miles: 249.12
Race: 5K Run for Literacy - Trail Run (3.107 Miles) 00:27:07, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.110.003.11

Pace: 8:54

Top Overall Female: 3rd Place

Race Reflections:

  • This was my first race since my hamstring injury in November 2016. I was completely winded throughout the race. From the moment I began running, I felt awful (slow, weighted down, sore). Mentally, it was a battle with my thoughts to finish especially the final 1/2 mile. My pace really slowed.  
  • I have a long road ahead of me to gain stamina and speed back.

 

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 3.11
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