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July 2018

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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: 5.54 Month: 53.49 Year: 1304.65
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 224.82
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 334.25
Brooks Ghost 11 (2nd Pair) Lifetime Miles: 56.03
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
114.0028.60142.60
Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 137.56Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 5.04
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.170.002.17

Running Goal: 20 minutes

Overall Average Pace: 11:07

Observations:

  • I experienced a fair amount of foot pain so I kept my pace slow and steps close.

Cross Training:

  • 25 mile bike ride

 

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 2.17
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Cross Training:

  • 20 minutes weightlifting
  • 20 mile bike ride

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.630.002.63

Running Goal: 20 minutes

Overall Average Pace: 10:42

Observations:

  • I exerienced pain at the initial start of the run, but it lessened toward the end of the 20 minutes.
  • I can't get over how much my running stamina and confidence is gone. I'm running with a great deal of fear that I am going to injure myself again. This really stinks!

Cross Training:

  • 45 minutes of spinning
  • 20 minutes of weightlifting
  • 30 mile bike ride
     

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 2.63
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Cross Training:

  • 15 minute weightlifting
  • 23 mile bike ride

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.410.003.41

Running Goal: 30 minutes

Overall Average Pace: 10:24

Conditions:

  • 77°
  • Humidtiy: 89%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 11:06 / 2 mi - 10:18 / 3 mi - 10:16 /  3.41 - 9:37

Observations:

  • I took Tynenol prior to my run this morning. It helped or my foot strikes are just improving. I had zero pain until the very end. I walked the final 100 yards.

Cross Training:

  • 26.4 bike ride

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 3.41
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.000.004.00

Running Goal: 4 mile run

Overall Average Pace: 9:33

Conditions:

  • 75°
  • Humidity 84%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:32 / 2 mi - 9:53 / 3 mi - 9:35 /  4 mi - 8:15

Thoughts:

  • Prior to running, I took 2 Advil and 2 Tynenol. This was to be my first actual run not jog or easy pace according to my recovery schedule.
  • My foot/heel/tendonitis felt fine. I am not sure that mile 4 is correct, but I'll just leave it there.
  • Once the medication wore off, my foot hurt. I put the boot back on which relieved the pain tremendouosly.

Cross Train:

  • 28 mile bike ride

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 4.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.030.006.03

Running Goal: 6 miles easy/slow

Overall Average Pace: 10:03

Conditions:

  • 61°
  • Wind NE 12 mph
  • Humidity 40%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:09 / 2 mi - 9:09 / 3 mi - 10:53 / 4 mi - 10:37 /  5 mi - 10:28 / 6 mi - 10:24

Thoughts:

  • I did not take any pain medication prior to my run this morning.
  • My heel, in particular, was sore. I felt it with each foot strike. On the positive side, my foot felt fine throughout the day. I did not need to wear the boot to relieve foot pain!

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.03
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Cross-Training:

  • 31 mile bike ride

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.130.004.13

Workout: 4 miles easy pace (between an 10:15 and 11:00 pace)

Overall Average Pace: 10:11

Conditions:

  • 68°
  • Humidity 71%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 11:23 / 2 mi - 10:22 / 3 mi - 9:34 / 4 mi 9:26 / 4.13 - 10:19

Thoughts:

  • It is going to take awhile to get my running groove back in sync. The first two miles were laborous. My lower body felt weighted down. I really wanted to stop and hop on my bike. I felt a need for speed!
  • The struggle to maintain consistent paces plagues me. I'm glad that I turned the "coach" feature on, but I'll need to have it talk to me more consistently.

 

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 4.13
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.003.009.00

Treadmill Workout: 1.5 mi warm-up / 12 x 400m @ 5K pace with 400m jog rest / 1.5 mi cool-down

Paces:

  • Warm-up & cool-down - 10:30 / 5K - 8:24 / Jog rest - 10:00

Thoughts:

  • My heel experienced significant pain for the first mile. Then, there was moderate pain for the remainder miles.
  • Following the workout, I took pain relievers, stretched, soaked the foot in epsom salt, and put my boot back on.
  • Tomorrow is a rest day.

Cross Training:

  • 20 minutes of weight training
  • 45 minutes of spinning

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 9.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.373.006.37

Workout: Strength workout on the treadmill

Paces:

  • 1.5 mile warm-up / app. 10:31
  • 3 miles / app. 9:22
  • 1.5 cool-down / app. 10:31

Thoughts:

  • The heel was sore for the first half-mile or so and then the body fell in sync. Overall it was a good, solid workout.

Cross Training:

  • 20 minutes of weight training
  • 24 mile bike ride

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.37
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.020.008.02

Workout: 8 mile easy pace (target 10:30 pace)

Overall Average Pace: 10.22

Conditions:

  • 72°
  • Wind NE 5 mph
  • Humidity 39%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 11:10 / 2 mi - 10:44 / 3 mi - 10:19 / 4 mi - 10:10 / 5 mi -10:10 / 6 mi - 10:06 / 7 mi - 10:41/ 8 mi - 9:41

Thoughts:

  • I wasn't sure what to expect this morning. I had a lot of heel pain yesterday so I was apprehensive, but overall the heel performed well.
  • Running 8 miles was no big deal. I had the stamina. My pacing was good. I went a little mindless on mile 7, but regained better pacing to finish the run strong.
  • 27.52 miles was a BIG increase from the past 14 weeks where I often was unable to do even 1 mile. I'll be honest, this really scared me. I'm glad that I faced this fear. I have a long way to go, but at least I'm moving forward now!

Cross-Training:

  • 16 mile bike ride

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 8.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.050.006.05

Workout: 6 easy miles (target pace - 10:15)

Overall Average Pace: 9:53

Conditions:

  • 74°
  • Wind SSW 7 mph
  • Humidity 61%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:09 / 2 mi - 10:11 / 3 mi - 9:49 / 4 mi - 9:26 / 5 mi - 10:05 / 6 mi - 9:35

Thoughts:

  • My heel hurt quite a bit follwoing yesterday's long run so I KT taped it. The tape seemed to give the heel some added cushion today. Overall, the run felt good. I had to work at slowing my pace. That was an encouraging feeling.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.05
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.020.004.02

Workout: 4 easy miles (target pace - 10:15)

Overall Average Pace: 10:01

Conditions:

  • 73°
  • Humidity 90%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:38 / 2 mi - 10:06 / 3 mi - 9:55 / 4 mi - 9:23

​Thoughts:

  • I was remiss at taking Tynenol and Advil prior to my run. My heel pain was extremely noticeable. After a few minutes, I stopped and did some additional stretching to the area.This helped significantly.
  • This was the first time since my injury that I've run three days in a run. i have speed work tomorrow on the treadmill. Curious to see how that plays itself out.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 4.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.503.007.50

Workout: Speed work on the treadmill

  • 1.5 mile warm-up @ 10:34 pace
  • 6 x 800m @ 8:34 pace with 400m @ 10:00 pace
  • 1.5 mile cool-down @ 10:20 pace

Thoughts:

  • My warm-up and cool-down were probably slower than they should have been, but I am still cautious about my heel. I did not have any pain until the very end of my speed work!

Cross-Training:

  • 20 minutues weight-lifting
  • 22 mile bike ride - I crashed into a retaining wall today at mile 4. I was unable to clip out of my pedals fast enough. My elbow and wrist took the hardest blows to my body. I'm just stiff and sore, but I'll be back at it tomorrow!

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 7.50
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Cross Training:

  • 30 minutes weight-lifting
  • 15 mile bike ride

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.173.006.17

Workout: Strength workout on the treadmill

  • 1.5 mi warm-up - 10:40
  • 3 mi half-marathon pace- 9:05
  • 1.5 cool-down - 10:00

Thoughts:

  • I KT taped my foot for added cushioning. I took Advil & Tynenol prior to the workout.
  • I attempted a warm-up pace at 10:00, but the pain in my heel was intense. Once I slowed the pace, I was able to work through the pain and complete the workout.

Cross-Training:

  • 45 minutes spinning
  • 30 minutes weight training

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.17
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.020.005.02

Workout: 5 miles easy pace (Goal pace - 10:30)

Overall Average Pace: 10:20

Thoughts:

  • Recovering from an endless foot injury is exhausting on many levels. This morning while attempting what felt like the world's slowest run, I saw a stranger stop ahead of me on the sidewalk. He began to clap. As I neared him he politely bowed. As his body rose to greet me, the biggest grin and most sparkling eyes shined upon me. This made all the months of recovery worth it. I hope that I can repay his kindness to someone else today. Let's all make that happen!

Cross-Training:

  • 30 minutes weight training

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 5.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.820.005.82

Workout: 5 miles easy (goal pace 10:30)

Overall Average Pace: 10:15

Conditions:

  • 70°
  • WSW 9 mph
  • Rain

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 5.82
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
12.040.0012.04

Workout: 12 easy miles (pace goal - 10:30)

Overall Average Pace: 10:33

Conditions:

  • 68°
  • N 7mph
  • Humidity 88%
  • Steady rain

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 10:37 / 4 mi - 10:23 / 6 mi - 10:37 / 8 mi - 10:30 / 10 mi - 10:31 / 12:04 mi - 10:43

Thoughts:

  • Overall, I stayed close to my goal pace. I had a lot of foot pain by mile 7. I took additional pain meds which helped tremendously.
  • I am hoping that by the first of August I can feel confident with my capabilities to push past this overall sense of trepidation that I am going to injure myself so badly that I'll never run again! The mind is such an interesting creature!

 

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 12.04
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5.040.005.04

Workout: 5 miles easy (goal pace 10:15)

Overall Average Pace: 10:12

Conditions:

  • 62°
  • Wind N 7mph
  • Humidity 65%

Thoughts:

  • I accidently deleted this workout so I am unable to record my splits.
  • My shoes were still soaked from yesterday's rain drenched run. I wore my Asics Gels instead which did not feel as cushioned as the Brooks.
  • My neighbor ran out of his house on my 1 1/2 mile loop. He gave me numerous high fives and told me that I ran like a spring doe prancing through a meadow. I love and appreciate the kindness that strangers and friends have been showering upon me lately!

 

Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 5.04
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.501.506.00

Workout: Speed work on the treadmill

  • 1.5 mi warm-up / 10:30 pace / painful to my foot
  • 6 x 800m with 400m jog / 8:57 & 10:00 paces
  • 1.5 mi cool-down / 10:00 pace

Thoughts:

  • My thinking was really off this morning. I ran my 6 x 800's at marathon pace instead of 5K pace.
  • I got a migraine about 15 minutes following my workout. This might explain my error in processing the pace  times.

​Cross Training:

  • 45 minutes spinning
  • 20 minutes weight training

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.323.006.32

Workout: Strength / treadmill

  • 1.5 mi warm-up / Easy / 10:20
  • 3 mi / HMP / 9:05
  • 1.5 mi cool-down / Easy / 10:00

 

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.32
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.280.004.28

Workout: 4 easy miles - target pace of 10:15

Overall Average Pace: 10:11

Conditions:

  • 63°
  • Humidity 66%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 11:52 / 2 mi - 10:19 / 3 mi - 9:46 / 4 mi - 9:13 / 4.32 mi - 8:50

Thoughts:

  • Foot pain was intense at the start of the run. I stopped to stretch some more around  .25 mi. This helped a lot. I contemplated stopping the run altogether as I strectched. I was relieved that I chose to make another attempt with the workout.
  • I feel as if I need a warm-up mile before I start my garmin. I get mentally defeated with that initial mile. It really affects my overall performance and takes a piece of my joy from the run experience.
  • This injury is so incredibly frustrating. I do not feel that after 14 weeks away from running, I am much better. I am not getting worse, but I am also not getting better. I fear that I am just growing comfotable to a certain level of pain.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 4.28
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.925.008.92

Workout: 8 easy miles (goal pace 10:55)

Overall Average Pace: 9:45

Conditions:

  • 65°
  • Humidity 65%

Splits:

  • 1 mi warm-up -11:11
  • 1 mi - 9:45 / 2 mi - 9:36 / 3 mi - 9:28 / 4 mi - 9:26 / 5 mi - 9:56 / 6 mi - 9:33 / 7 mi - 9:19
  • 1 mi cool-down - 11:22

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 8.92
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.060.006.06

Workout: 6 easy miles (goal pace 10:15)

Overall Average Pace: 10:05

Conditions:

  • 63°
  • Humidity 66%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 11:00 / 2 mi - 10:30 / 3 mi - 10:11 / 4 mi - 9:59 / 5 mi - 9:49 / 6 mi - 9:08

Thoughts:

  • Barely any foot pain this morning! If only all of my runs could feel so good!

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.06
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.002.104.10

 Workout: 4 easy miles (goal pace 10:10)

Overall Average Pace: 9:35 - You read that right!

Conditions:

  • 67°
  • Wind NE 6 mph
  • Humidity 86%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:27 / 2 mi - 10:05 / 3 mi - 9:23 / 4 mi - 8:30

Thoughts:

  • My foot felt well. On mile 3, I decided to start increasing my speed. What a glorious feeling to run without pain!!!!!! I was one extremely happy girl!

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 4.10
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.505.009.50

Workout: Speed on the treadmill

  • 1.5 mi warm-up - 10:30
  • 5 x 1k - 8:42
  • with 500m jog rest - 9:55
  • .5 cool-down - 10:00

Thoughts:

  • I was not into the workout this morning. It was a mental struggle to continue with each mile. I was supposed to run a 1.5 mile cool-down, but I just couldn't get that final mile done.
  • My foot really hurt for the first few miles.
  • I received a massage gift card at the end of the school year. I am redeeming it this afternoon. She is going to spend time on my foot. I can't wait!

Cross Training:

  • 45 minutes spinning
  • 30 minutes weight training

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 9.50
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114.0028.60142.60
Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 137.56Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 5.04
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