Starting over...

December 11, 2018

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Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

Personal Bests:

5K - 23:39:1 / Abby Brinkman 5K 2016

8K - 41:49.9 / Turkey Trot 8K 2018

10K - 50:58.2 / Rock N Ready 10K Run 2016

Half-marathon - 01:56:07 / Hilly Half of Brown County 2016

Marathon - 4:08:10 / Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 2016

Short-Term Running Goals:

 I like the fresh air on my face as I step out the front door. I like the sound of my shoes taking their first strikes on the pavement. I like my ponytail whipping from side to side along my back as my pace increases. I like how clear my thoughts become with each passing mile. I like the sense of freedom that I feel in the stillness of the early morning. I like to run!


Long-Term Running Goals:

Running in 2017 did not go well. I finished the year defeated. I seriously questioned if I should even continue running recreationally. I ran a total of 2737.69 miles, but had nothing to show for it. I achieved 0 PR's. I qualified for Boston, but was one of the 5000 non-accepted qualifiers. Even my favorite brand of shoes left my feet calloused and sore.

I intend to start over in 2018 by running fewer miles, resting more, and following a new racing program that incorporates strength and mobility exercises. If you read my blog, feel free to look over my history. Any comments are welcome and greatly appreciated. I'd love to achieve the following this year:

	Finish a race with a PR

	Complete a half-marathon without hitting the wall at mile 11 or mile 12

I just really want to enjoy running again!




I am a first grade teacher. I have two grown children and two grandchildren. I truly enjoy everything about my life!

Miles:This week: 5.13 Month: 53.18 Year: 1433.05
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 237.44
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 334.25
Brooks Ghost 11 (2nd Pair) Lifetime Miles: 167.01
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Workout: 50 - 60 minutes easy pace

Overall Average Pace: 10.31


  • 31°
  • Wind NNE 5 mph


  • 1 mi -11:29 / 2 mi - 10:42 / 3 mi - 10:52 / 4 mi - 10:25 / 5 mi - 10:16 / 6 mi - 9:15


  • Everything about this workout seemed off. My legs felt heavy. My head hurt. I had zero energy. I was just simply lackluster in every way.
  • It could have been jet lag. It could have been that I was supposed to run a race this morning, but discovered that it was a scam. How bizzarre is that? I ran the race last year, but it must have gone out of business some time after I registered. I suppose that is the risk when signing up for the early bird rate.

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 6.06
From Tom K on Sun, Mar 18, 2018 at 09:56:39 from

Yesterday's run looked super tough. So that explains a lot of why you feel today's performance was off. You did finish the goal for today, so that's good.

What race was cancelled? That is really disappointing!

From Nora Jo on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 07:43:00 from

The race was The Great Chocolate Race Series. It offered a 10 mile and a 5K. I ran the 10 mile race last year. I really enjoyed the distance so I thought that I would run it again this year. I guess the lure of chocolate at the end of a race is not a large enough incentive to sustain a race series.

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