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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: 5.54 Month: 53.49 Year: 1304.65
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 224.82
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 334.25
Brooks Ghost 11 (2nd Pair) Lifetime Miles: 56.03
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
170.3357.67228.00
Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 154.36Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 73.64
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

Cross Training:

  • 45 minutes spinning

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.506.50

Workout: 55 minutes easy with 5 x 30 second strides (60 seconds recovery)

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 6.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
18.150.0018.15

Workout: 18 miles easy, if feeling good, run miles 11 - 17 at MP pace. Final mile run easy

Overall Average Pace: 9:52

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 10:16 / 4 mi - 9:39 / 6 mi - 9:45 / 8 mi - 9:53 / 10 mi - 10:11 / 12 mi - 10:03 / 14 mi - 9:41 / 16 mi - 10:05 / 18 mi - 9:18 / 18.15 mi - 9:13

Thoughts: 

  • I ran home after 5 miles because I overdressed. It felt good to not wear so many layers of clothing.
  • At mile 14, I had to stop and loosen my shoelaces. My toes were killing me. They were being pinched horribly. I took Tynenol to ease the pain. These two changes really helped me finish strong and eased my pain considerably.
  • In genral, I was pleased with my overall pace. Managing my food consumption is improving.

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 18.15
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.250.006.25

Workout: 60 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 10:05

Conditions:

  • 29°
  • Wind ENE 7 mph
  • Sunshine, glorious sun!!!!!!

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:19 / 2 mi - 10:01 / 3 mi - 10:19 / 4 mi - 10:05 / 5 mi - 10:04 / 6 mi - 9:59 / 6.25 mi - 9:00

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 6.25
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.900.006.90

Workout: 50 minutes easy with 5 x 30 second strides (60 seconds easy recovery)

Overall Average Pace: 10:25

Conditions:

  • 30°
  • Wind E 8 mph

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 6.90
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.646.468.10

Workout:10 minute warm-up / 40 minutes at MP / 5 minutes "fun-fast" / 15 minutes at MP / 10 minute cool-down

Conditions:

  • 32° (feels like 29°)
  • Wind WNW 6 mph

Overall Average Paces:

  • 10 minute warm-up - 1.06 mi /10:56
  • 40 minute MP - 4.02 mi / 9:35
  • Fun fast - 0.69 mi / 8:15 (Ha! There was nothing "fun" about this part of the workout!)
  • 15 minute MP - 1.75 mi / 8:59

Thoughts:

  • I was proud of myself for getting out of bed on another early morning because I definitely did not want to get up. The last thing that I wanted to do was run!
  • The workout was diffiuclt, but I performed better than I anticipated. I was pleased with my MP and the fun-fast portions of the workout.

 

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 8.10
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.530.007.53

Workout: 60 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 9:57

Conditions:

  • 32°
  • Wind W 13 mph
  • Snow Showers

Splits:

  • 1 mi -10:51 / 2 mi - 10:20 / 3 mi - 10:23 / 4 mi - 10:03 / 5 mi - 9:37 / 6 mi - 9:16 / 7 mi - 9:13 / 7:53 - 9:38

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 7.53
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

Cross Training:

  • 45 minutes spinning

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.390.006.39

Workout: 60 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 10:21

Conditions:

  • 25°
  • Wind W 8mph

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:41 / 2 mi - 10:29 / 3 mi - 10:46 / 4 mi - 10:11 / 5 mi - 10:30 / 6 mi - 9:28 / 6.39 mi - 9:13

Thoughts:

  • I leave for Baltimore tomorrow. I am supposed to run 22 miles. The next few days will be difficult to fit that long run into my schedule. Just going to do my best and not stress.

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 6.39
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.050.006.05

Workout: This is Sunday's workout since I am traveling to Baltimore. I did not have enough time in my morning to run the prescribed long run.

  • 50 - 60 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 9:56

Splits:

  • 1 mile - 10:48 / 2 mi - 10:16 / 3 mi - 9:53 / 4 mi - 9:42 / 5 mi - 9:37 / 6 mi - 9:18

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 6.05
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
22.030.0022.03

Workout: 22 miles easy, run the first 10 miles conservatively

Overall Average Pace:  10:00

Splits:

  • 5 mi - 10:03 / 10 mi - 9:57 / 15 mi - 9:53 / 20 mi - 10:09 / 22 mi - 10:00​

Thoughts:

  • I located a running trail, Baltimore-Annapolis Trail Park, which was a 13 mile out and back path. The trail was paved, flat, and very scenic.
  • Somewhere along mile 10 - 15, my running food fell out of my running pack. Since I run with headphones, I did not hear my Cliff bar and beans drop to the ground. 
  • Once I realized that I was out of nourishment at mile 15, the run became a bit of a mental and physical  struggle.
  • I am glad, however, that my pace did not suffer too much after mile 15.
  • I was hoping to attain a slightly faster overall average pace than 10:00. All in all, it was a solid long run.

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 22.03
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.650.006.65

Workout: 60 minutes easy with 5 x 30 splits (60 seconds easy recovery)

Overall Average Pace: 10:03

Conditions:

  • 30
  • Wind NW 15 mph
  • Snow and ice covered roads

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:38 / 2 mi - 9:57 / 3 mi - 9:36 / 4 mi - 9:31 / 5 mi - 11:50 / 6 mi - 9:22 / 6.65 mi - 9:02

Thoughts:

  • I am now in Carlisle, PA
  • I set out for an easy run. The roads were extremely slick so I decided not to run the stride portion of the workout. To my good fortune, I stumbled upon the sports fields of Dickinson College. A running track went around the baseball and soccer fields. I was able to safely run my strides on the track since the surface was gravel and not icy!

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 6.65
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.030.006.03

Workout: 60 - 70 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 9:51

Conditions:

  • 28 (feels like 19)
  • Wind W 19 mph
  • Snow Flurries

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:34 / 2 mi - 9:40 / 3 mi - 10:22 / 4 mi - 9:57 / 5 mi - 9:20 / 6 mi - 9:05

Thoughts:

  • The run was a challenge today. I felt tired. I was cold. I pushed through anyway. Knowing that tomorrow is a rest day helped a tremendous amount.
  • I used today to help sort out a course for Friday's long run. I need a 6 - 7 mile stretch where I can run my MP. Since I am running in an unfamiliar area, I didnot want my pace affected by uncertainity.

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 6.03
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.500.005.50

Workout: 50 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 10:00

Conditions:

  • 28 (feels like 24)
  • Wind W 8mph
  • Snow flurries

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:28 / 2 mi - 10:19 / 3 mi - 9:54 / 4 mi - 10:04 / 5 mi - 9:51 / 5.50 mi - 8:47

Thoughts:

  • This was a hard, fought run. I had zero pep in my step. 
  • I need to run my long run tomorrow as Saturday I fly back home.

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 5.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
16.020.0016.02

Workout: 16 mile long run: 7 miles easy, 8 miles at MP, 1 mile cool-down

Overall Average Pace: 10:04

Conditions:

  • 30 (feels like 22)
  • Wind WNW 28 mph
  • Snow flurries

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 10:27 / 4 mi - 10:32 / 6 mi - 10:25 / 8 mi - 10:06 - / 10 mi - 10:02 / 12 mi - 10:07 / 14 mi - 10:03 / 16 mi - 8:32

Thoughts:

  • Considering that I was running in an unfamiliar city and in unfavorable weather conditions, I was just happy to have finished the mileage. I did not realize until I typed this workout entry that I was to run an additional mile of cool-down.
  • I am really struggling to run my MP. It's not that I can't run it. It's just that I fear I'm going to hit the wall so I delay it. Before I know it, my long run is over and done.
  • The wind overwhelmed me today. I barely weigh 100 lbs. There were times when I could hardly move forward. When the wind was at my back, I could hardly stay on my feet. Happy though to have persisted!
  • I fly home tomorrow. My fingers are crossed that I'll experience better weather conditions!

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 16.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.060.006.06

Workout: 50 - 60 minutes easy pace

Overall Average Pace: 10.31

Conditions:

  • 31°
  • Wind NNE 5 mph

Splits:

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

Thoughts:

  • 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
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.400.006.40

Workout: 55 minutes with 5 x 30 second strides (60 seconds easy recovery)

Overall Average Pace: 10:09

Conditions:

  • 37°
  • Wind NE 6 mph

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:20 / 2 mi - 10:14 / 3 mi - 10:22 / 4 mi - 9:59 / 5 mi - 9:44 / 6 mi - 9:52 / 6.40 mi - 9:13

Thoughts:

  • Today's run felt much better. My body felt rested. My steps were light and my mind was unencumbered.

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 6.40
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0010.2110.21

 

Workout: 2 miles warm-up / 4 miles MP / 1 mile HMP / 2 miles MP / 1 mile cool-down

Overall Average Pace:

  • 2 miles warm-up - 9:40
  • 4 miles - 8:59
  • 1 mile - 8:21
  • 2 miles - 8:59
  • 1 mile - 9:10

Thoughts:

  • I was disappointed that this workout was performed on the treadmill. Tuesday and Wednesday's weather was full of snow. I switched workouts around in anticipation of the impending snow, but more snowfall fell then predicted. The roads were impassable to accomplish a safe run today.
  • I struggle on the treadmill because my workouts are significantly easier on my body than when I run outside. I try to adjust my pace by increasing the speed, but I have yet to master a similar workout intensity.

 

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 10.21
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.008.298.29

Workout: 70 minutes easy (treadmill)

Overall Average Pace:

  • 7.29 miles - 9:04
  • 1 mile cool-down - 9:14

 

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 8.29
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.510.006.51

Workout: 45 - 50 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 9:57

Conditions:

  • 32°
  • Wind NW 5 mph

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:28 / 2 mi - 10:12 / 3 mi - 10:03 / 4 mi - 9:56 / 5 mi - 9:51 / 6 mi - 9:34 / 6.51 mi - 9:14

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 6.51
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
14.060.0014.06

Workout: 14 mile long run: 6 miles easy, 7 miles at MP, 1 mile cool-down

Overall Average Pace:

  • 13 miles - 9:55
  • 1 mile cool-down - 9:52

Conditions:

  • 33° (feels like 21°)
  • Wind E 15 mph
  • Rain and snow showers

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 11:19 / 4 mi - 9:57 / 6 mi - 9:57 / 8 mi - 9:36 / 10 mi - 9:34 / 12 mi - 9:50 / 13 mi - 8:38
  • 1 mi cool-down - 9:52

Thoughts:

  • Weather conditions this morning were not ideal. My first 4 miles were run in blinding snow. Fortunately, the roads and sidewalks were warm enough that the snow mostly melted upon impact. By mile 5 the snow turned into ice pellets. The roads were now slightly icy with a lot of slushy areas. Snowfall returned at mile 7 and the salt trucks thankfully were out in full force. I stayed on the roads now which helped me quicken my pace safely.
  • Overall, I was pleased with my finishing time. Mostly, I was glad that I completed the 14 miles outside instead of on the treadmill. It was a beautiful, peaceful run.
  • Also, this week marked the first time since my fall in February where I was able to squat without knee pain and run without a nose bleed! I think that I am fully recovered from my injuries!

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 14.06
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.020.005.02

Workout: 50 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 10:00

Conditions:

  • 28°
  • Wind E 6 mph
  • Roads ice-covered in spots

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 5.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.026.02

Workout: 50 - 60 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 9:43

Conditions:

  • 38° (feels like 28°)
  • SE 10 mph
  • Some sidewalks snow packed and icy

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:56 / 2 mi - 10:20 / 3 mi - 9:30 / 4 mi - 9:32 / 5 mi - 9:22 / 6 mi - 8:42

Thoughts:

  • Today's run felt really good. The temperature was refreshing. Most of my running surfaces were dry. My legs felt fresh. I could have run many more miles, but stayed true to my training schedule.

Cross Training:

  • 50 minutes pilates
  • 45 minutes spinning

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 6.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.027.098.11

Workout: 1 mi warm-up, 2 mi at MP, 1 mi at HMP, 3 mi at MP, 1 mi cool-down

Conditions:

  • 51°
  • Wind S 12 mph
  • Light rain drizzles

Overall Average Pace:

  • 1 mi warm-up - 10:16
  • 2 mi MP - 9:35 (trying for a range between 9:45 - 9:35)
  • 1 mi HMP - 9:11 (trying for a range between 9:10 - 9:00)
  • 3 mi MP - 9:12 (trying for a range between 9:45 - 9:35)
  • 1 mi cool-down - 9:23

Thoughts:

  • I was happy to finally be able to complete one of these workouts outside instead of on the treadmill. Unfortunately, it is evident that I am not adept at knowing what my paces should feel like as I run.
  • I don't know if I am underestimating my capibilites as a runner because running these paces was pretty easy to complete. I am probably prepared to run a decent half-marathon at this juncture. The marathon distance is still a pretty big question mark.

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 8.11
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.770.005.77

Workout: 40 - 55 minutes easy with 5 x 30 second strides (60 seconds easy recovery)

  • Tread mill workout due to the rain

 

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 5.77
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.250.003.25

Workout: 30 - 35 minutes easy

Cross-training:

  • 45 minutes spinning

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 3.25
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Race: Carmel Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:39:08, Place overall: 737, Place in age division: 8
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
13.1013.1026.20

Conditions:

  • 42°
  • Wind NNE 40 mph
  • Rain sprinkles toward the end of my race

Overall Average Pace:

  • 13.1 mi - 9:35 / That was a little faster than I had anticipated, but I was still feeling strong
  • 20 mi - 10:20 / I developed a migraine around mile 15. I administered a shot, but it was not helping. I was disoriented and nauseated.
  • Final 10K - 10:40 / I was vomitting steadily at this point. I don't remember much of the final few miles of the race except that I was just really glad to see the finisher banner!

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 26.20
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
170.3357.67228.00
Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 154.36Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 73.64
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