Boston? Maybe?

Christmas in July

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Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016



Goal Type:


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 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: 13.56 Month: 124.05 Year: 2450.33
Brooks Ghost 9 Lifetime Miles: 560.48
Brooks Ghost 9 Lifetime Miles: 335.54
Altra Torin 2.5 Lifetime Miles: 202.91
Race: Christmas in July (13.1 Miles) 01:58:11, Place overall: 90, Place in age division: 4
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Average Overall Pace: 9:01


  • 78°
  • Winds SW 8 mph

Race Day Experience:

  • In typical fashion, I had technology problems. Why and how this happens is a mystery to me. It must be nerves. At my next race, I am NOT going to do a technology pre-check. Somewhere during this ritual, I mess up my programs and then everything goes south from there.
  • I had zero music during the half-marathon. After the first mile of trying to run and fix my technology, I pulled out my earbuds. I stuffed them in my running belt and turned up my pace.
  • Those first 3 miles were a mental mess! I always run with music so it was a battle of the wills to continue rather than give up.
  • I found a guy that appeared to have a steady pace. I chose to let him be my pacer. At mile 10, he fell back. I pressed on knowing that he would most likely resurge toward the final mile.
  • At mile 12.5, he caught back up with me. We brought ourselves across the finish line close to the same time. We thanked each other profusely.

After Thoughts:

  • I will not pretend that running without music was okay. I had no idea how noisy runners are - heavy breathing, feet pounding, mouths spitting, throats clearing - during a race. It was pretty disgusting, but I'll admit that race cacophony drove me to push through each mile with determination and focus.
  • There were no timing clocks along the way so I had zero knowledge of my pace until mile 13. I saw the clock at 1:57:??! I was elated! Unfortunately, my official time was disappointing! It is incredible to me how many seconds it takes to complete a tenth of a mile. I practice, practice, practice this tenth of a mile consistently. It still conquers me every race day!

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 13.10
From Michael on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 03:32:53 from

Nothing to be disappointed about - you ran a good race in tough conditions.

I remember my first race without music - it wasn't allowed at that time. Really tough when you train with it all the time.

After that, I threw away the buds and went 'au natural'. A tough transition, but now I don't think about it. Still ... you're bang on with your observations about race day noise! :)

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