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Mill Race Marathon

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Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016



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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
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 67.62Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 21.48
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This are the miles that I ran, but never recorded. It has been an emotional 6 months of recovery. I plan to slowly and carefully get back into running fitness. Hopefully by 2019 I'll be back in race performance.

Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 62.58
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Race: Mill Race Marathon (13.1 Miles) 02:04:48, Place overall: 474, Place in age division: 5
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  • I signed up for this race 11 months ago. It is my favorite race because it is in my hometown. Also, the race promotors give a Ford truck with a Cummins engine to one race finisher. I have a 5 year losing streak with this truck give-away!
  • In September, I stopped running altogether because my foot hurt so badly. I sat in the car for 30 minutes prior to the race debating whether I should run.
  • After the first few miles, I got into a steady rhythm. I noticed a female runner slightly ahead of me. She continuously checked her watch. I decided to stay unobtrusively behind her and match my pace with hers for the remainder of the race.
  • At mile 12, I left her and pushed hard to the finish.
  • My son works at the finish line medical tent. As I approached the finish, I could see him cheering and clapping for me. I realized at that moment that the only opponent I needed to beat was myself, the way I used to be. I was better today than I was yesterday.  I had beat my discouragement, my injury, my lack of training; and that was enough.


  • 2 mi - 9:02 / 4 mi - 9:14 / 6 mi - 9:21 / 8 mi - 9:30 / 10 mi - 9:34 / 12 mi - 9:21 / 13.1 mi - 9:01
  • By the way, my losing streak is rock solid. I did not win the truck this year!



Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 13.46
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Workout: Just run

Overall Average Pace: 9:22


  • 1 mi - 10:13 / 2 mi - 9:39 / 3 mi - 9:32 / 4 mi - 9:09 / 5 mi - 8:58 / 6 mi - 9:02 / 7 mi - 9:39 / 8 mi - 8:49


  • I experienced zero foot pain! The run was fun and relaxing!


Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 8.02
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Workout: Just run

Overall Average Pace: 9:09


  • 1 mi - 9:41 / 2 mi - 9:35 / 3 mi - 9:08 / 4 mi - 9:12 / 5 mi - 8:14


Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 5.04
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Asics Gel-Nimbus Miles: 67.62Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 21.48
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