Boston? Maybe?

November 2017

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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
143.0356.84199.87
Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 89.69Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 110.18
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.020.006.02

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 6.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.090.006.09

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 6.09
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
27.090.0027.09

Overall Average Pace: 9:54

​Conditions:

  • 48°
  • ​Wind SSE 8 mph
  • ​Humidity 85%​

Observations:

  • This was a marathon race, but I bonked much to my dismay.
  • ​How could my Garmin show an entire extra mile? I tried to stay in the center of the road to prevent weaving and added mileage. Clearly, this was an epic fail!
  • ​The weather conditions were perfect for the majority of participants. For me, it was uncomfortably cold. I dressed appropriately, but did not fuel or hydrate because I was not sweating. I developed leg cramps at mile 20. I stretched, walked, fueled. Unfortunately, I experinced little to no relief. My pace slowed significantly. 
  • ​My hopes of negative splits did not occur.​

​Splits:5 mi - 9:18 / 10 mi - 9:40 / 15 mi - 9:39 / 20 mi - 9:59 / 25 mi - 10:38 / 27 mi - 9:45


 

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 27.09
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
16.090.0016.09

Overall Average Pace: 10:38

Conditions:

  • 25°
  • ​E 5 mph
  • ​Humidity 58%​​​

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 10:34 / 4 mi - 10:24 / 6 mi - 10:13 / 8 mi - 10:16 / 10 mi - 11:58 / 12 mi - 10:23 / 14 mi - 11:19 / 16 mi - 9:57

Observations:

  • I did not run for a week following my marathon. I've been in a funk. I really need to find a blog that better supports my running journey. I am clearly not fast enough to engage athletes to comment.
  • I'd like advice on how to improve my running strategy so that I can qualify for Boston with more than just a few minutes below the qualifying time. This is twice that I have qualified, but I know that my time will not be fast enough again.

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 16.09
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
15.010.0015.01

Overall Average Pace: 10:15

​Conditions:

  • ​33°
  • ​Humidity 79%​

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 10:32 / 4 mi - 10:16 / 6 mi - 10:02 / 8 mi - 10:17 / 10 mi - 10:06 / 12 mi - 10:34 / 14 mi - 10:14 / 15 mi - 9:52
  • ​I focused on running my slow, easy pace as outlined in the book that I am following

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 15.01
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.008.588.58

Overall Average Pace: Strength Workout (treadmill)

  • 6 x 1 mi - 8:41
  • 400 recovery - 9:31
  • 1 mi - Warm-up

 

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 8.58
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.130.006.13

Pace: 9:47

Conditions:

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

Splits:

  • 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
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.250.008.25

Pace: Tempo Workout on the Treadmill

Splits:

  • 1 mile / Warm-up / 9:40
  • 2 mi - 9:31 / 3 mi - 9:22 / 4 mi - 9:13 / 5 mi - 9:05 / 6 mi - 8:57 / 7 mi - 8:49 / 8 mi - 8:34

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 8.25
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.005.235.23

Overall Average Pace: 9:25

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 9:42 / 2 mi - 10:07 / 3 mi - 9:32 / 4 mi - 8:47 / 5 mi - 8:47 / 5.23 mi - 6:18

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 5.23
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
12.000.0012.00

 Overall Average Pace: 9:49 (Moderate long run was to be 9:53)

Conditions:

  • 59°
  • Wind S 18 mph
  • Humidity 73% (light drizzle off and on)

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 10:17 / 4 mi - 9:30 / 6 mi - 9:48 / 8 mi -10:05 / 10 mi - 9:54 / 12 mi - 9:17

Thoughts:

  • I experienced no foot pain while running this morning. Swtiching back to my Brooks seems to have corrected whatever was happening with the different brand of shoes.
  • Trying to keep my pace according to this running plan takes a lot of concentration. My garmin talks to me at half mile splits so I can adjust accordingly by the time I run each mile. Perhaps, with time, pacing will feel more natural.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 12.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.006.066.06

Overall Average Pace: 9.26

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 9:58 / 2 mi - 9:43 / 3 mi - 9:31 / 4 mi - 9:17 / 5 mi - 9:07 / 6 mi - 8:57

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.06
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.007.507.50

Strength Workout: (treadmill)

  • Workout: 4 x 1.25 mi / 400 recovery
  • Recovery Pace: 9:22
  • Strength Pace: 8:34

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.120.0010.12

Overall Average Pace: 10:11

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 10:28 / 4 mi - 9:55 / 6 mi - 9:45 / 8 mi - 11:07 (I had to stop and tie my shoes twice during this two mile stretch) / 10.12 mi - 9:24
  • My overall finishing pace was on target for my required easy B pace. I just need to figure out how to maintain that pace throughout my entire run.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 10.12
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.007.187.18

Overall Average Pace: 9:34

Conditions:

  • 28°
  • Wind SSW 2 mph
  • Humidity 83%

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:07 / 2 mi - 9:23 / 3 mi - 9:51 / 4 mi - 9:15 / 5 mi - 9:29 / 6 mi - 9:25 / 7 mi - 9:20 / 7.18 - 8:27

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.18
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.006.008.00

Tempo Run: Treadmill

  • Warm-up / 9:34
  • Tempo Pace / 2 - 4 mi / 8:41
  •                        5 - 7 mi / 8:34
  • Cool down / 9:34

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 8.00
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
14.030.0014.03

Overall Average Pace: 10:16 (easy slow pace was to be 10:15)

Conditions:

  • 49°
  • NW 14 mph
  • Humidity 62%

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 9:51 / 4 mi -10:04 / 6 mi - 10:27 / 8 mi - 10:31 / 10 mi - 10:56 / 12 mi - 10:02 / 14 mi - 9:58
  • Miles 8 - 10 were slower as I stopped numerous times to search for painted rocks hidden on the main street of town. Unfortunately, I continue to not find any rocks!

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 14.03
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.080.0010.08

Overall Average Pace: 11.09 (recovery run)

Conditions:

  • 29°

Thoughts:

  • Pace was supposed to be 11:42. This pace felt very slow and comfortable. I could have continued for an extended amount of time and miles.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 10.08
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.108.0511.15

Speed Workout:

  • 1 mi Warm-up / 9:33
  • 6 x 800 / 8:34 / 8:27 / 8:12
  • 400 recovery / 9:22
  • 1 mi recovery / 9:05
  • 3.1 mi with Girls on the Run (practice 5K for Saturday's event)

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 11.15
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.020.007.02

Overall Average Pace: 9:46

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.008.248.24

Tempo Run:

  • 1 mi / Warm-up - 9:33
  • 2 - 4 mi / 8:47
  • 5 - 8 mi / 8:42
  • 8:24 / 9:33

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 8.24
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
143.0356.84199.87
Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 89.69Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 110.18
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