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Carmel Marathon

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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 improved over yesterday?

Yes. I had improved! I qualified for Boston! I only have 1:50:10 under the qualification cut-off, so I don't know if that will be enough. In the meantime, I continue to train, run, and stay injury-free. I remain positve and enjoy the possibility that this ordinary lover of running may be running the streets of 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:

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

Miles:This week: 41.37 Month: 179.58 Year: 2235.56
Brooks Ghost 9 Lifetime Miles: 560.48
Brooks Ghost 9 Lifetime Miles: 281.79
Altra Torin 2.5 Lifetime Miles: 41.36
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
116.4985.28201.77
Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 160.87Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 27.90Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 13.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
22.020.0022.02

Pace: 9.41 (rolling hills)

Conditions:

  • 41° (feels like 35°)
  • Winds NW 8 mph

Today's Running Goals:

  • Hydrate every 2 miles / Food every 5 miles -  (probably need food more often)
  • Complete 16 miles by 2:40:00 - (2:37:34)
  • Increase speed with final 6 miles to go - (final 12 miles were continuous hills making the last 6 miles really hard to increase my speed / mile 21 turned into splits / it was the only way that I could convince myself to finish

Take Aways:

  • Even though I bonked on mile 21, my overall pace improved from last week (10:00 last week to 9:40 this week). Plus, I ran an additional 2 miles this week.
  • Here are my 5 mile splits: 5 miles - 9:49 / 10 miles - 9:49 / 15 miles - 9:51 / 20 miles - 9:45 / 22.02 - 8:30
  • I'd like to see what my pace for a long run is like on a flat course, but it is probably best that I stick with this hilly course. Pushing myself now on the hills hopefully works to my advantage on race day since the course is flat. My fingers are crossed that I won't be physically spent on the final 6 miles of race day. One can always dream!

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 22.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.060.0010.06

Pace: 9:47

Conditions:

  • 39°
  • Winds ENE 6 mph

Running Goals for Today:

  • Practice with some new food (CLIF Bar/cut into bite-size pieces)
  • Drink every mile
  • Run at prescribed slow easy pace - 10:15
  • Increase pace for the final 2 miles

Observations:

  • Chewing a CLIF bar while running and breathing is an art form - I am not gifted!
  • Worth the practice; the higher nutrition value may be beneficial on my long runs
  • Drinking every mile was manegeable
  • Here are my 2 miles splits: 2 miles - 10:16 / 4 miles - 10:18 / 6 miles - 9:40 / 8 miles - 9:40 / 10 miles - 9:01/ 10.06 - 8:23
  • Proud of myself for running this morning - I did not recover well yesterday from my 22 miler. I have no appetite. I need to force myself to eat. Grocery shopping was a blur. We have a lot of strange food in the refrigerator and pantry now!

       

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 10.06
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.0010.0013.00

Pace: Strength Workout (treadmill)

  • 4 x 1.5 miles/500 recovery
  • Strength - 8:49
  • Recovery - 9:22

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 3.00Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 10.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.100.006.10

Pace: 9:34

Conditions:

  • 48°
  • Winds E 12 mph

Running Goal for the Day:

  • Easy, slow pace for the first 4 miles (10:00)
  • Run final 2 miles at marathon pace (9:30)
  • Try putting my drink and food pack facing the front - pack has been digging into my spine and I usually have to stop to put my drink containers back into the holders

Observations:

  • Split pace - Mile 1 - 10:00 / Mile 2 - 10:09 / Mile 3 - 9:46 / Mile 4 - 9:20 / Mile 5 - 9:11 / Mile 6 - 8:55  For the love of Pete, I just can not pace myself!
  • Moving the pack was GENIUS!!!

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 6.10
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.008.109.10

Pace: Tempo (treadmill)

  • Warm-up - 9:22
  • Tempo - 8:56

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 9.10
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.250.005.25

Pace: 9.38

Conditions:

  • 36° (feels like 28°)
  • Wind: WNW 10mph

Goal for the Day:

  • Just run something

Observations:

  • I was not interested in running this morning. My mind crabbed for the first 2 miles. I told myself to complete 1 more, then another, and finally 1 last mile. It was not pretty outwardly or inwardly, but this might mimic how I feel toward the end of my upcoming marathon. It was probably more beneficial than I want to believe!

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 5.25
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
19.500.0019.50

Pace: 9.39 (rolling hills)

Conditions:

  • 33°
  • Wind S 0 mph

Running Goals for the Day:

  • Eat nutrition and take in fluids every 2 miles - see if it helps with my energy level toward the later mileage
  • Run at a faster pace than last weeks long run - finish between 9:35 - 9:39

Observations:

  • Nutrition and fluid goal worked well. I also practiced walking while taking in my nutrition to mimic what might  happen on race day
  • I would have liked to finish my overall pace at 9:35, but I had a fair amount of left knee pain. I've never had that so I did not want to injure myself by pushing my speed.

 

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 19.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
13.040.0013.04

Pace: 9.39

Conditions:

  • 49°
  • Wind SSE 10mph

Running Goal for the Day:

  • Just run, no worries about pacing
  • Ensure that knee pain from yesterday was a fluke - pulled my knee wrap up onto my calf just in case I need it

Observations:

  • Surprised that I was not fatigued from yesterday's long run - yeah body!
  • I pulled my knee wrap up to my left knee around mile 5, slightest tinge of discomfort, chose not to risk any type of injury
  • Once again, I overdressed - I really need to get this correct on race day
  • Happy that I finished with the same pace as yesterday
  • Splits - 2 miles - 10:12 / 4 miles - 9:40 / 6 miles - 9:36 / 8 miles - 9:41 / 10 miles - 9:36 / 12 miles - 9:28 / 13.04 miles - 9:08

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 13.04
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.046.04

Pace: 9:18

Conditions:

  • 64°
  • Wind S 11mph

Goals for the Day

  • Run withou knee pain - 2 tynenol
  • Increase speed with each mile

Observations:

  • No knee pain!
  • Splits - 1 mile - 10:17 / 2 miles - 9:35 / 3 miles - 9:18 / 4 miles - 8:45 / 5 miles - 8:38 / 6 miles - 8:23

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 6.04
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.506.009.50

Pace: Strength workout (treadmill)

  • 6 x 1 mile (8:45)
  • 400 Recovery (9:22)

 

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 9.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.328.009.32

Pace: Tempo (treadmill)

  • Warm-up/Cool-down - 9.:30
  • Mile 2 - 6 / 8:45
  • Mile 7 - 9 / 8:34

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 9.32
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.008.028.02

Pace: 9:11

Conditions:

  • 54°
  • Wind N 1 mph

Goal of the Day:

  • Easy pace since tomorrow is mylast long run before my tapering of two weeks
  • Easy Pace - 11:00 (B) or 10:10 (A) / See how I feel after starting

Observations:

  • Decided to do Easy Pace A since my first mile was 10:04
  • Once I hit my stride, every thing goes south mentally - "I am not ready for a marathon." "Why am I running another mararthon?" "Every one else on this blog is incredibly fast even when they lament it was a slow, bad day." Yada. Yada. Yada.
  • Here are my splits - Mile 1 / 10:04 - Mile 2 / 9:32 - Mile 3 - 9:24 / Mile 4 - 9:09 / Mile 5 / 8:52 - Mile 6 / 9:19 (marathon intersection stop light) Mile 7 / 8:47 - Mile 8 / 8:20
  • I don't like when I beat myself up mentally. Comparison is a silly foe. Thank goodness for tomorrows. Back at it with a clean slate!

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 8.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0012.0012.00

Pace: 9:31 (rolling hills)

Conditions:

  • 62°
  • Wind SW 10 mph
  • Brief downpour around mile 2

Goal of the Day:

  • Run!

 

 

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 12.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.008.048.04

Pace: 9:03

Conditions:

  • 63°
  • Wind SW 9 mph

Goal for the Day:

  • This is the week leading up to my marathon so everything is about keeping my legs loose, avoiding injury, and preparing myself mentally

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 8.04
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.086.08

Pace: 9:04

Conditions:

  • 49°
  • Wind ENE 4 mph

Goal of the Day:

  • Run - Don't worry about pace

Observations:

  • Splits - Mile 1/9:31 - Mile 2/9:18 - Mile 3/9:04 - Mile 4/9:06 - Mile 5/8:50 - Mile 6/8:37

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 6.08
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.500.005.50

Pace: 9:35

Conditions:

  • 64°
  • Wind S 6 mph

Goal of the Day:

  • Run easy an pace, push a little with the final mile

Observations:

  • Splits - Mile 1/10:14 - Mile 2/9:47 - Mile 3/9:46 - Mile 4/9:21 - Mile 5/8:58 - Mile 5.50/9:04

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 5.50
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Race: Carmel Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:40:04, Place overall: 504, Place in age division: 9
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
26.200.0026.20

Pace: 10:42 (ouch)

Observations:

  • Worst marathon finish EVER!
  • Pneumonia
  • Physically rundown by mile 16
  • Don't even recall crossing the finish line

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 26.20
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0013.0013.00

Pace: 9:35

Conditions:

  • 70°
  • 79% humidity
  • Misting rain began around mile 7

Running Goal for the Day:

  • Just see what my body is able to do following my disastorous marathon

Observations:

  • Stepping out for the first time in a week brought to my mind a quote from the Virginia Woolf classic: "The beauty of the world... has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder." This pretty much summed up how I felt about my first few miles: overjoyed and petrified.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 13.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
116.4985.28201.77
Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 160.87Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 27.90Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 13.00
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