Boston? Maybe?

December 12, 2017

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Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016



Goal Type:


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 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

Pace: 9:47


  • 40°
  • Wind SW 11 mph
  • Humidity 92%


  • 1 mi - 10:13 / 2 mi 9:49 / 3 mi 10:01 / 4 mi - 9:19 / 5 mi - 9:27 / 6 mi - 8:19
  • I have gone back to my Brooks 9, but my feet hurt an incredible amount with each step.
  • I taped the sides of my feet to provide some level of cushion, but received little comfort.
  • I am unclear how to address this concern other than to give my feet time to heal.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.13
From Dan on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:26:32 from

I've been looking over your runs and races. I am no expert and I am not an elite runner. I make up for my lack of talent with lots of miles at key times. However, you mentioned that you are not getting lots of support or advice from the blog. Sadly the blog is much smaller than it used it be. It has nothing to do you your speed, but you also need to ask people if you want their 2 cents.

So here is what I think. You have over 2400 miles for the year so CONGRATS and... Have you ever done that before?? If not - you may be over training. I am shocked how much you ran after back to back races and marathons. The body needs recovery time and could be why your times are not coming down like you would expect (and why you are hurting).

From Nora Jo on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 15:41:56 from

Thank you Dan for responding. I appreciate your comments. I have never run this many miles. I started running a few years ago and am still trying to find my way around the sport. You are probably correct about over training. I am not good at resting. I worry that I will lose what I've gained, but clearly what I am doing is not working either. Thank you for giving me some needed perspective. How does one go about asking other bloggers to give their 2 cents worth of advice?

From Dan on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 19:49:18 from

Of course. I think we are similar age and we live in the same climate (Dayton, Oh here) so I can relate.

As far as asking other running, easy, just comment and ask them to take a look at your training or advice. Many of the people I talk to would be glad to help, but I cannot speak for all.

Have you looked at any training programs specifically?

From Rob Murphy on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 20:08:25 from

Hey Nora Jo... I'd highly recommend a book called "Simple Marathon Training" by Jay Johnson.

From Nora Jo on Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 15:32:08 from

I've been continuously following the training plan from the book, Hanson's Marathon Training. I've followed the mileage for the Advanced program, but I have not done a good job following the pacing guidelines. In my mind I am always running slow, but according to the book I am running my slow days almost 2 minutes faster per mile. It makes sense now why I can not achieve an improved half-marathon or marathon race day time. I really do need to rest my body.

I'll look into the book, Simple Marathon Training. It's probably time for a change. Thanks!

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