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: 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
141.7037.88179.58
Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 116.75Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 41.36
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
141.7037.88179.58
Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 116.75Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 41.36
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