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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
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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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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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