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Santa Hustle

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Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

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

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: 27.66 Month: 73.60 Year: 1201.22
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 181.55
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 330.12
Race: Santa Hustle (13.1 Miles) 02:06:23, Place overall: 99, Place in age division: 2
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Overall Average Pace: 9:39


  • 22° (12° windchill)
  • Wind N 15 mph


  • 2 mi - 9:01 / 4 mi - 9:08 / 6 mi - 9:14 / 8 mi - 9:32 / 10 mi - 9:26 / 12 mi - 9:37 / 13. 74 - 8:14


  • I am disappointed with my overall finish time and average pace. I just don't understand why I can not run under 2 hours.
  • The course was very hilly, but I felt as if I maintained my pace well through those parts of the race.
  • At the first mile, the police officer directed us to a wrong turn. I, and other runners, ran an extra 1/2 mile in total due to his error. I don't really think that this affected my overall time too much except that perhaps I overcompensated and ran too fast at first to make up the distance in order to get back on track.
  • I really need to think through my training and decide if I want to just run or if I want to run to race faster. I am really at a crossroad. I'm pretty discouraged because whatever I try just does not seem to work.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 13.10
From Tom K on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 07:13:44 from

Nora Jo, I hesitate to give running advice because I think I am a mediocre -level runner, too!

However, being 6:23 off your goal time on a hilly course that you were redirected off course a half mile, in awful weather conditions - You really shouldn't beat yourself up about this one. Again, I'm no expert, but to me, this doesn't look like a training problem. You are through the race, injury free. You have the ability to get moving towards your goals. You'll get it next time!

From Michael on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 09:08:13 from

If I may throw in my 2 cents - agree with Tom. But also, you really are hitting incredible mileage this year. I wonder if you might be 'overtrained'? Maybe backing off a bit more before your races, and perhaps working some longer breaks into your cycles, would leave you feeling fresher and give your legs more pep. Take advice from me with a grain of salt though!

From Nora Jo on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 15:09:51 from

Over training? Yes! I can't seem to stop! I've picked up a few new books which I am reading now. It is obvious that I have run too many miles with zero breaks in between races. Thanks for giving me some much needed perspective.

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