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March 2017

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Location:

Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Personal Bests:

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

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!

 

 

Personal:

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

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 13.46 Year: 1051.98
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 54.89
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 307.54
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
156.90110.01266.91
Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 80.90Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 36.53Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 96.45
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.506.50

Pace: 8:59 (treadmill)

Conditions:

  • 63 degrees
  • Lightning & Thunderstorms

Observations:

  • Did not know there were storms in the area, so I was not metanlly prepared to move my workout indoors
  • Adjusted as best I could - run was cut short since I had to change outfits and drive to the health club

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 6.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.006.009.00

Pace: Strength Workout (treadmill)

  • 4 x 1.5 mile/800 recovery
  • Recovery - 9:31
  • Strength - 8:40

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 9.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.669.009.66

Pace: Tempo Run (treadmill)

  • Warm-up - 9.31
  • Tempo - 8:57

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 9.66
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
13.500.0013.50

Pace: 9.43 (rolling hills)

Conditions:

  • 31° (feels like 27°)
  • Winds SE 13mph

Observations:

  • Long run pace was to be at 9:53 - surprised that my overall pace was faster
  • Legs were incredibly tired - my training schedule was off-kilter this week so my legs were not rested

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 13.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.050.0010.05

Pace: 9:57

Conditions:

  • 31°
  • Winds SSE 7mph

Observations:

  • Really focused on keeping my pace at the recommended easy level - 10:15
  • Picked up pace on Mile 9 to 9:15

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 10.05
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.007.037.03

Pace: 9:09

Conditions:

  • 51°
  • Wind S 14 mph

Observations:

  • Incredibly difficult to motivate myself out of bed (4:30 AM)
  • I was bonking at mile 5, but somehow zoned out and missed my Gramin mileage report for 51/2 miles. When I heard that i was on mile 6, I rebounded and sprinted the final mile
  • Grateful that I forced myself out of bed because it started raining shortly after I finished. It is still raining!

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.03
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.507.009.50

Pace: Strength (treadmill)

  • Warm-up/Revcovery/cool-down - 9:31
  • Strength - 8:40

Observations:

  • I am on the mental struggle bus. I lack motivation to run. The thought of running a marathon in 6 weeks overwhelms me.

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 9.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.007.347.34

Pace: 9:37

Conditions:

  • 40°
  • WSW 22mph

Observations:

  • I am in such a running funk - only crawled out of bed because I convinced myself that This was a recovery run.
  • Hit my stride around 3 1/2 miles, so I picked up my pace

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.34
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.238.009.23

Pace: Tempo (treadmill)

  • Warm-up/Cool-down - 9:30
  • Tempo - 8:57

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 9.23
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.500.003.50

Pace: 9:47

Conditions:

  • 34° (feels like 24°)
  • Winds N14mph

Observations:

  • Around mile 3, my left knee experienced sharp inside pain. I've never had that happen.  I walked a short distance to my house and called it quits for the morning.
  • I am hoping that the pain is just a matter of switching shoes.
  • I am shy of my weekly mileage. so I need to run more this afternoon.
  • Tomorrow is tobe a rest day. I have a 10 mile race on Sunday. Fingers crossed that this is nothing!

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 3.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.000.0010.00

Pace: 10:01

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0010.0310.03

Pace: 9:29

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.0010.0018.00

Pace: Long run (treadmill)

  • 6 miles - 10:13
  • 7 miles - 9:28
  • 3 miles - 9:10
  • 2 miles - 9:42

Observations:

  • Since the left inside of my knee is still bothersome, I thought that I would try running on the treadmill. It was beyond awful in the mental department.
  • My knee hurt with the first few strides so I stopped. I put on my knee wrap and was good to go.
  • I went slow at first then gradually increased the speed.
  • I needed more fluids. I should have hopped off the treadmill and grabbed a drink from the fountain. At mile 17, I just wanted to be done. I knew if I got off, I would never finish the distance.

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 18.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
9.000.009.00

pace: 9:45

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.000.008.00

Pace: 9:48

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
9.780.009.78

Pace: 9:40 

 

 

 

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 9.78
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.000.008.00

Pace: 9:48

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 8.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.000.0010.00

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
17.400.0017.40

Pace: 9:52

Conditions:

  • 47° (feels like 42°)
  • Winds N 6mph

Observations:

  • I am back from a 10 day vacation. My running was a mess. I had not planned on 15 inches of snow and no treadmill. On the days where the temperatures melted the roadways adequately for pedestrian safety, I tried to accumulate high mileage.
  • My goal today was to run 18 miles. I fell short both physically and mentally.
  • I managed to complete 16 miles just under the 2:40:00 goal.
  • Tomorrow is a new day. Sometimes that is as good as it gets.

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 17.40
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.009.009.00

Pace: Tempo (treadmill)

  • 8:57

Observations:

  • I am really burned out. Trying to figure out how I'll ever be ready for a marathon in 5 weeks.

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 9.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.200.006.20

Pace: 9:45

Conditions:

  • 32° (feels like 25°)
  • Winds ESE 11mph

Observations:

  • I made a concerted effort to run my easy, fast pace (even on my final mile)
  • Mentally, I felt so much better about my long-term running
  • I am not sure why I feel compelled to push, push, push.  I never really allow for adequate recovery time. I know that leads to burnout which is probably what I am experiencing at the moment.

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 6.20
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
20.000.0020.00

Pace: 10:00 (rolling hills)

Conditions:

  • 61°
  • Winds SSE 14 mph

Observations:

  • Today's focus was to concentrate on nutrition and running the first part of my run slower than the second part. I succeeded with both goals.
  • I picked up my pace at mile 16. I still had a lot of energy if I had chosen to run more miles.
  • Next week, I will increase my speed for the first part of my run to hover around 9:50. With this faster pace, I'll have a clearer idea as to how much I can realistically push my pace and at what mile that increase should begin.
  • There is no way that I would have finished 26.2 miles under 4:00:10 today with my slow pace at the start.
  • My final 4 miles were at a pace of 9:38.

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 20.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.080.008.08

Pace: 9:46

  • Final mile - 9:09

Conditions:

  • 58° (feels like 55°)
  • Winds S11 mph
  • Rain before and after run (I timed that well)

Observations:

  • I felt tired from my long run yesterday
  • My goal was to run all miles right under 10:00
  • Mile 1 and 2 hovered around 10:25 - At mile 1.5, I stopped at home to change shirts (overdressed)
  • The remaining  6 miles were under 10:00 and at a comfortable pace

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 8.08
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.008.038.03

Pace: 9:11

Conditions:

  • 54°
  • Winds N 8 mph

Observations:

  • I am the worst at figuring out the proper attire. Once again, I had to run home to shed layers. Ugh!
  • I was hppy with my final pace time. Starting out is slow. Here is my mileage breakdown:

          Mile 1 - 10:33 / Mile 2 - 9:40 / Mile 3 - 9:24 / Mile 4 - 9:23 / Mile 5 - 8:30 /

          Mile 6 - 8:44 / Mile 7 - 8:39 / Mile 8 - 8:30

           

         

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 8.03
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.007.509.50

Pace: Speed Work (treadmill)

  • 2 x 3 miles / 1 mile recovery
  • Speed - 8:48 (ran an extra speed mile)
  • Recovery - 9:20

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 9.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.009.049.04

Pace: 9:20

Conditions:

  • 52°
  • Winds S 13 mph

Observations:

  • Tried to stay below 10:00 minute miles even though it was supposed to be an easy, slow day
  • I would have liked more miles under 9:00 minute miles as I am tryin to push faster mileage toward the end of each run
  • Mile 1 - 10:01 / Mile 2 - 9:50 / Mile 3 - 9:28 / Mile 4 & 5 - 9:15 / Mile 6 - 9:13 / Mile 7 - 8:47 / Mile 8 - 8:42

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 9.04
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.005.545.54

Pace: 9.28

Conditions:

  • 56°
  • Wind SW 10mph
  • Drizzle Rain

Running Agenda:

  • Run my slower marathon pace (9:45 - 9:40). Then, push a faster pace toward the end of my mileage. Clearly, I am clueless at pacing myself! I hope pacers attend my April race.
  • Here is my mileage breakdown: Mile 1 - 9:56 / Mile 2 - 9:34 / Mile 3 - 9:37 / Mile 4 - 9:24 / Mile 5 - 9:14 / Mile 5.54 - 8:38

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 5.54
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
156.90110.01266.91
Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 80.90Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 36.53Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 96.45
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