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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: 17.62 Year: 733.84
Saucony Triumph Iso4 Lifetime Miles: 362.91
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 44.29
Hoka Cavu Lifetime Miles: 24.81
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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