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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: 7.27 Month: 115.75 Year: 115.75
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 304.30
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 334.25
Brooks Ghost 11 (2nd Pair) Lifetime Miles: 318.60
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Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 17.62
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Workout: Just run

Overall Average Pace: 10:23


  • 72°
  • Wind WNW 13 mph


  • 1 mi - 11:02 / 2 mi - 10:17 / 3 mi - 10:33 / 4mi - 10:29 / 5 mi - 9:43 / 5:54mi - 10:03


  • This was the first run since the beginning of April that I did not experience severe foot pain.
  • My heel seems to have recovered. The extensor tendinitis is a dull pain, but not significant. Perhaps I am finally on the mend.
  • I visit the doctor once more on Friday. I am hoping that I will no longer require the boot at bedtime.

Cross Training:

  • 49 mile bike ride

Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 5.54
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Cross Training:

  • 15 mile bike ride
  • 30 minutes of weight training

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Workout: Run

Overall Average Pace: 10:34


  • 59°
  • Wind 3 mph
  • Humidity 65%


  • 1 mi - 11:14 / 2 mi - 10:22 / 3 mi - 10:42 / 4 mi - 9:54 / 4.56 mi - 9:40


  • This was a difficult run. My entire body felt weighted down with each running stride. My pacing was difficult to maintain. It was evident today that my consistent spinning failed to keep my fitness level at peak performance.
  • I experienced little extensor tendonitis strain. My heel pain was noticeable, but not alarming.
  • I am scheduled to run my first half marathon on Sunday, She Power Half. I am conflicted. I switched my bib to the virtual race last week, but I'd really like to participate in the event. I know that my foot could not tolerate an entire run of that length. I could walk it with relative ease. I might be able to walk/run it, but I'll admit I might risk further injury.

​Cross Training:

  • 50 minutes spinning
  • 30 minutes weight training

Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 4.56
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Workout: 6 mile easy

Overall Average Pace: 11:33


  • 62°
  • WSW 5 mph
  • Humidity 65%


  • 1 mi - 11:34 / 1.5 mi - 11:28


  • Today I attempted to start the training for my Mill Race Marathon event. It was a complete bust.
  • The top of my foot hurt so badly, I could hardly run. I changed my shoes as an attempt to see if this would make a difference. It did not.
  • I see the doctor tomorrow. He'll tell me again that I can not run for several more weeks. I just need to admit the sad truth that running in 2018 is an off-year. It's time to let my body heal and rest.

Cross Training:

  • 50 minutes of spinning
  • 30 minutes weight training
  • 25 mile bike ride

Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 1.50
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Workout: 6 mile easy

Overall Average Pace: 10:40


  • 70°
  • Wind SSW 6 mph
  • Humidity 63%


  • 1 mi - 11:48 / 2 mi - 10:47 / 3 mi - 11:00 / 4 mi - 11:01 / 5 mi - 10:10 / 6:02 mi - 9:10


  • This morning, I took Advil and Tynenol prior to the run. It helped a lot!
  • I kept my strides very close to the ground, similar to speed walking. This really relieved the stretching of the tendons at the top of my foot.
  • My doctor submitted an order for x-rays. I am not to run for 10 days, but I can ride my bike.
  • I am trying to be a good patient, but I am ready to get back to consistent running. I'm crabby with just about everything that crosses my path - myself, the family, the dog, my shoes, the weather, nature. The list goes on and on. I find myself apoligizing continuously.


Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 6.02
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Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 17.62
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