Boston? Maybe?

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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: 20.12 Month: 76.45 Year: 2602.60
Brooks Ghost 9 Lifetime Miles: 573.58
Brooks Ghost 9 Lifetime Miles: 420.08
Altra Torin 2.5 Lifetime Miles: 251.96
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
203.8166.49270.30
Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 116.75Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 132.61
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
19.270.0019.27

Overall Average Pace: 10:57 (recovery run)

Conditions:

  • 46°
  • Wind SE 8 mph
  • Humidity 34%

 

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 19.27
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.020.008.02

Overall Average Pace: 9:28

Conditions:

  • 59°
  • Wind SSE 4 mph
  • Humidity 56%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:27 / 2 mi - 9:42 / 3 mi - 9:45 / 4 mi - 9:26 / 5 mi - 10:04 / 6 mi - 9:12 / 7 mi - 8:54 / 8 mi - 8:29

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 8.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.540.007.54

Overall Average Pace: 9:42

Conditions:

  • 65°
  • Wind SE 6 mph
  • Humitdity 84%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:41 / 2 mi - 10:09 / 3 mi - 10:02 / 4 mi - 10:00 / 5 mi -9:15 / 6 mi - 8:49 / 7 mi - 9:06 / 7.52 - 8:59
  • I am not happy with my slow overall pace for the last two days. I think that not being accepted into the 2018 Boston Marathon is affecting my motivation and drive to push myself to faster paces. I really need to snap out of my funk.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.54
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.008.268.26

Overall Average Pace: Tempo workout on the treadmill

  • Warm-up - 9:22
  • 6 x 1 mi - 8:34
  • 400 recovery - 9:13

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 8.26
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.020.005.02

Overall Average Pace: 9:28

  • Loosen up my legs for tomorrows half-marathon
  • I am pacing my son at a 10:10 pace

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 5.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
13.100.0013.10

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 13.10
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
13.100.0013.10

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.360.008.36

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
16.500.0016.50

Overall Average Pace: 9:59

Conditions:

  • 65 degrees
  • Wind 4 mph
  • Humidity 57%

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 9:45 / 4 mi - 9:34 / 6 mi - 9:18 / 8 mi - 10:11 / 10 mi - 10:10 / 12 mi - 10:22 / 14 mi - 10:17 / 16 mi - 10:02 / 16.52 - 9:58
  • I set out to run 22 miles. I am running in PA at my daughter's home. It was more humid than I expected. I also did not know the area so I was not very adventurous. Boredom set in quickly. I also finished my hydration sooner than anticipated.
  • I thought that at mile 14, I would run to her house and refill my bottles. Unfortunately, I spent the next two miles being lost. i kept making a circular loop, but could not figured out how to locate her street.
  • I finally had to stop and call her from work. By this time, I had a long delay. I was two blocks from her home. My legs were done. I was dehydrated. I called it quits for a 22 mile run.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 16.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.520.0010.52

Overall Average Pace: 10:06

Conditions:

  • 64 degrees
  • Wind 8 mph
  • Steady rain

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 10:45 / 4 mi - 9:53 / 6 mi - 9:57 / 8 mi - 9:46 / 10 mi - 10:09 / 10.52 mi - 10:04
  • I am finding it very difficult to quicken my pace while running in an unknown town. Today, I found myself stopping constantly at busy intersections. I am also very foucused at trying not to get lost.
  • I worry that I have lost my mojo since not getting into Boston. I have a marathon in a month. I feel as if my running is imploding and I can not fix it.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 10.52
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.006.028.02

Overall Average Pace: 9:24

Conditions:

  • 59 degrees
  • Wind E 10 mph
  • Humidity 90%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:34 / 2 mi - 9:36 / 3 mi - 9:48 / 4 mi - 9:21 / 5 mi - 8:33 / 6 mi - 8:34
  • 1 mile warm-up & cool - down

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 8.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
20.500.0020.50

Overall Average Pace: 9:50

Conditions:

  • 54 degrees
  • Wind ESE 7 mph
  • Humidity 90%

Splits:

  • 5 mi - 8:39 (I don't think this is accurate) / 10 mi - 10:12 / 15 mi - 10:06 / 20 mi - 10:13
  • I was happy getting 20 miles in this morning. I am still in PA so running in an unknown area is tricky to navigate.
  • I had a lot of stops and starts throughout the 20 miles. I had to gather my bearings, refuel my hydration, and confirm my flight assignment. My legs did not respond well to this, but I managed to push through any way.
  • I won a $100 gift card at my last race. I need to invest in a new air of shoes. The Brooks Ghost 9 are just not working for me. My feet constantly hurt.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 20.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
16.020.0016.02

Average Overall Pace: 9:46

Conditions:

  • 71°
  • Wind W 13 mph
  • Humidity 79%
  • Downpours and showers on and off throughout the run

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 9:39 / 4 mi - 9:39 / 6 mi - 9:56 / 8 mi - 9:50 / 10 mi - 9:54 / 12 mi - 10:01 / 14 mi - 10:25 / 16 mi - 9:10
  • The run had a lot of starts and stops due to the weather conditions. It is really hard for me to access my stamina when I am resting between mileage.
  • My new shoes did a good job addressing the narrowness of the Ghost 9's on my toes. I still feel a lot of hard strikes with my heel. I feel that I need more cushioning at the heel.

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 16.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.536.53

Overall Averrage Pace: 9:12

Conditions:

  • 47°
  • Wind NW 4 mph
  • Humidity 80%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:46 / 2 mi - 9:39 / 3 mi - 10:14 / 4 mi - 9:13 / 5 mi - 8:50 / 6.53 mi - 8:53
  • I wonder why mile 3 pace consistently slows with each of my runs?
  • I did not feel as if I had much pep with my steps this morning so finishing my last two miles under a 9 minute pace was encouraging

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 6.52
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.758.009.75

Overall Average Pace: Speed work on the treadmill

  • 1 mile warm-up / 9:22
  • 3 x 2 mi / 8:39
  • 400 recovery / 9:22
  • 1 mile cool-down / 8:48

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 9.75
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.009.079.07

Overall Average Pace: 9:19

Conditions:

  • 49°
  • Humidity71%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:12 / 2 mi - 9:31 / 3 mi - 9:49 / 4 mi - 9:38 / 5 mi - 9:15 / 6 mi - 9:11 / 7 mi - 9:03 / 8 mi - 8:43 / 9 mi - 8:36

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 9.07
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
22.000.0022.00

Overall Average Pace: 10:11

Conditions:

  • 52°
  • SSE 5 mph
  • Humidity

Splits:

  • 5 mi - 9:40 / 10 mi - 10:06 / 15 mi - 11:18 / 20 mi - 10:01 / 22 mi - 9:16
  • My son met me at mile 11. We ran together until 15.5 miles.
  • I picked up my pace after we went our separate ways.
  • I was encouraged that I could increase my speed after running slow for 4 1/2 miles. I was disappointed with how long it takes to slash time from your overall pace.
  • It was a good learning session to make sure that my first half of a marathon is not too slow. Also, I learned that I can push myself after mile 18.

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 22.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
13.090.0013.09

Overall Average Pace: 10:12 (recovery pace)

Conditions:

  • 57°
  • Wind S 13 mph
  • Humitdity 59%

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 11:25 / 4 mi - 11:24 / 6 mi - 11:07 / 8 mi - 10:36 / 10 mi - 8:21 / 12 mi -8:51 / 13 mi - 8:39
  • I ran the first 8 miles with my son. After that, I ran on my own. I am practicing increasing my pace as I add miles. It is really hard to change one's overall average pace.

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 13.09
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.020.008.02

Overall Average Pace: 9:43

Conditons:

  • 68°
  • Wind S 8 mph
  • Rain

Splits:

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Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 8.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.009.019.01

Workout: Treadmill Tempo Run

  • 1 mi - 9:31 / 2 mi 9:22 / 3 mi - 9:13 / 4 mi - 9:05 / 5 mi - 8:57 / 6 mi - 8:49 / 7 mi - 8:41 / 8 mi - 8:37 / 9 mi - 8:27

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 9.01
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.006.00

Overall Average Pace: 9:22

Conditions:

  • 34°
  • Wind W 6 mph
  • Humidity 55%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 9:57 / 2 mi - 9:39 / 3 mi - 9:48 / 4 mi - 9:16 / 5 mi - 9:04 / 6 mi - 8:14
  • I would like to know why mile 3 is always slower. It is  puzzle to me.

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 6.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.036.03

Overall Average Pace: 9:12

Conditions:

  • 54°
  • Wind N 5 mph
  • Humidty 83%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 9:40 / 2 mi - 9:19 - / 3 mi - 9:13 / 4 mi - 9:05 / 5 mi - 9:00 / 6 mi - 8:52

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 6.03
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.000.0010.00

Overall Average Pace: 9:56

Conditions:

  • 37°(feels like 30°)
  • Wind W 10 mph
  • Humidity 77%

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 10:08 / 4 mi - 9:40 / 6 mi - 9:50 / 8 mi - 10:11 / 10 mi - 9:57 / 10.53 mi  - 9:31
  • The air temperature was significantly colder than I expected. The tips of my fingers were numb and white even with my running gloves and my shirt sleeves pulled over my hands. This may be an issue at next weekends marathon. Race temperatures are predicting to be similar.
  • I was hoping for a better, more encouraging run going into my final week.

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 10.53
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
9.000.009.00

Taper Week before Marathon

Overall Average Pace: 11:00 (slow easy)

Conditions:

  • 35° (feels like 30°)
  • Wind NW 6 mph
  • Humidity 66%

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 9.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.007.577.57

Overall Average Pace: Speed Workout (treadmill)

  • 3 x 2 mi / 400 recovery
  • Speed - 8:41
  • Recovery - 9:31
  • 1 mile warm-up

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 7.57
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
203.8166.49270.30
Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 116.75Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 132.61
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