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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: 13.46 Year: 1051.98
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 54.89
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 307.54
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
59.80190.52250.32
Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 212.59
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
15.100.0015.10

Average Overall Pace: 9:44

Conditions:

  • 69°
  • Wind SW 6 mph
  • Humidity 88%

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 9:48 / 4 mi - 9:51 / 6 mi - 9:41 / 8 mi - 9:39 / 10 mi - 9:59 / 12 mi - 9:31 / 14 mi - 9:41 / 15:10 - 9:38
  • My toes and the top of my feet felt much better this morning.
  • My goal was to stay just below 10 minute miles.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 15.10
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0.0010.0410.04

Overall Average Pace: 9:16

Conditions: 

  • 65°
  • Wind WSW 4 mph
  • Humidity 64%

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 9:28 / 4 mi - 9:51 / 6 mi - 9:22 / 8 mi - 8:53 / 10 mi - 8:49
  • The first 4 miles felt awful physically and mentally. I just wasn't in the mood. At 4.5 miles, I focused on my breathing (practicing mindfulness) and my pace just started flowing. 

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 10.04
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.026.107.12

Average Overall Pace:

  • 8:54 (6.10 miles)
  • Cool-down (1.02 miles) - I forgot to re-start Map My Run program

Conditions:

  • 67°
  • Wind E 5 mph
  • Humidity 40%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 9:38 / 2 mi 9:21 / 3 mi - 8:51 / 4 mi - 8:44 / 5 mi - 8:31 / 6 mi - 8:16  
  • My final mile was very hard. I decided to just use mile 7 as a cool-down since I finished 6.10 miles at 54:20. I was happy with that time.
  • Grateful that I decided to bring some hydration with me. I really needed it at mile 3 and 5.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.12
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.5212.5513.07

Average Overall Pace:

  • Long run - 9.21
  • Cool-down - 9.38

Conditions:

  • 70°
  • SSE 5 mph
  • Humitdity 60%

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 9:54 / 4 mi - 9:46 / 6 mi - 9:04 / 8 mi - 9:08 / 10 mi - 9:17 / 12 mi - 8:52 / 12:55 - 9:26

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 13.07
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.520.006.52

Average Overall Pace: 9:44

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.52
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.008.628.62

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 8.62
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
13.070.0013.07

Pace:

  • Slow, Easy - 9:55

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0.0010.0610.06

Average Overall Pace: 9:34 (ran about 4 miles with my son to pace him between 10:00 - 10:30 minute mile pace)

Splits:

  • 1mi - 9:27 / 2 mi 9:43 / 3 mi - 9:26 / 4 mi - 9:44 / 5 mi - 9:35 / 6 mi - 12:09  / 7 mi 8:53 / 8 mi - 9:02 / 9 mi - 8:37 / 10 mi - 9:22

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 10.06
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.007.007.00

Average Overall Pace: 9:34

Conditions:

  • 71°
  • Wind S 7 mph
  • Humidity 86%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:55 / 2 mi - 9:41 / 3 mi - 9:50 / 4 mi - 9:18 / 5 mi - 9:23 / 6 mi - 9:11 / 7 mi - 8:36
  • Extremely sluggish and totally not in the mood

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.00
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0.006.256.25

Average Overall Pace: 8:47 (clapping for myself!)

  • Tempo Run (outside, that's right!!!)

Conditions:

  • 75°
  • Wind WSW 8 mph
  • Humidity 78%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:02 / 2 mi - 8:59 / 3 mi - 8:53 / 4 mi - 8:31 / 5 mi - 8:22 / 6.25 mi - 7:48
  • I slept in this morning, so it was already hot and humid. I finished just before the clouds opened with a deluge of rain!
  • Ignoranace can be bliss sometimes. I was unable to hear the loud thunderclaps due to my headphones. I probably would have headed home earlier.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.25
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.008.328.32

Pace: Speed Workout (treadmill)

  • Speed: 400 - 800 - 1200 - 1600 - 1200 - 800 - 400 / 8:34
  • Recovery: 400 / 9:22
  • Hills: 1600 / 8:58 / Incline 6

      

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 8.32
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.596.59

Average Overall Pace: 9:25

Conditions:

  • 77°
  • Wind SW 10 mph
  • Overcast, rain, downpour with thunder and lightning, rain

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:08 / 2 mi - 8:55 / 3 mi -9:25 (waited out the storm under a church awning) / 4 mi - 9:13 / 5 mi - 9:32 / 6 mi - 8: 46 / 6.59 mi - 8:48
  • I had planned to run further but the thunder started clapping. I thought it best to head home.
  • I'll rest tomorrow for one hot, humid half-marthon on Saturday.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.59
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Race: Christmas in July (13.1 Miles) 01:58:11, Place overall: 90, Place in age division: 4
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0013.1013.10

Average Overall Pace: 9:01

Conditions:

  • 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
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.256.25

Average Overall Pace: 9:26

Conditions:

  • 82°
  • Wind 0 mph
  • Humidity 20%

Splits: 1 mi - 10:00 / 2 mi - 9:51 / 3 mi - 9:29 / 4 mi - 9:18 / 5 mi - 9:16 / 6 mi - 8:58 / 6.25 mi - 7:50

 

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.25
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0011.0711.07

Overall Average Pace: 9:25

Conditions:

  • 71°
  • Wind WSW 5 mph
  • Humidity 66%

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 9:38 / 4 mi - 9:00 / 6 mi - 9:57 / 8 mi - 10:24 / 10 mi - 8:38 / 11:07 mi - 8:38
  • I joined my son at mile 6 - 8 so my pace decreased

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 11.07
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0010.5410.54

Average Overall Pace: 9.15

Conditions:

  • 69°
  • Wind SE 0 mph
  • Humidity 88%

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 9:44 / 4 mi - 9:11 / 6 mi - 9:07 / 8 mi - 9:08 / 10 mi - 8 :50 / 10:38 mi  - 8:38
  • I was not in the mood to run this morning. My toes are bothering me inside my shoes. I wonder if my feet are just not used to being in shoes since I am on summer vacation. Too bad I head back to the classroom in 2 weeks!

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 10.54
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.026.02

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0010.5410.54

Pace: 9:17

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 9.17
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
12.230.0012.23

Pace: 10.01

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0011.0611.06

Pace: 9.29

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.008.508.50

Average Overall Pace: 9:10

Conditions:

  • 63°
  • Wind ENE 4 mph
  • Humidity 85%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 9:38 / 2 mi - 9:21 / 3 mi - 9:31 / 4 mi - 9:20 / 5 mi - 9:13 / 6 mi -8:52 / 7 mi - 9:00 / 8 mi - 8:46 / 8.5 mi - 8:20

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 8.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0013.0813.08

Overall Average Pace: 9:36

Conditions:

  • 76°
  • Wind S 5 mph
  • Humidity 66%

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 9:54 / 4 mi - 9:50 / 6 mi - 9:43 / 8 mi - 9:44 / 10 mi - 9:40 / 12 mi - 9:02 / 13:08 - 8:54
  • Focused on a slow, easy pace / entire run felt great

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 13.08
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.0012.5012.50

Pace: ???

Conditions:

  • 74°
  • Wind NE 0 mph
  • Humidity 94%

Splits:

  • I get so frutrated with technology updates. MapMyRun updated its programs. Unfortunate;ly, I lost my data for today's run. Bummer! Also, I am clueless how the updated program works. Deep breaths of mindfulness are already happening for the proper attitude for tomorrow! lol

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 12.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.300.006.30

Pace: 10.28

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.30
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.045.1010.14

Average Overall Pace:

  • Slow miles - 9:41
  • Fast miles - 9:14

Conditions:

  • 63°
  • Wind NNE 1 mph
  • Humitdity 80%

 

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 10.14
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.007.237.23

Overall Average Pace: 9:00 (tempo run)

  • It's supposed to be a tempo run, but I really don't know what I am doing!

Conditions:

  • 72°
  • Wind E 1 mph
  • Humidity 70%

 Splits:

  • 1 mi - 9:18 / 2 mi - 8:55 / 3 mi - 9:13 / 4 mi - 9:07 / 5 mi - 9:04 / 6 mi - 8:19 / 7 mi - 8:59

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.23
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
59.80190.52250.32
Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 212.59
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