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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
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Pace: 9:31(mildly disappointed, but it was faster than most of my training runs)


  • Consciously picked up my speed on mile 2
  • Feeling a tad fatigued at mile 4 - slowed my pace briefly, but brought it back up
  • Sprinted the final 1/4 mile
  • Left buttock/tendon tenderness


  • Still overdressed even though I shed a layer at my onset
  • Encouraged about increasing my speed early on
  • Need to focus strength work on hips and abductors 


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Pace: 10:34 (I had no expectation for my pace this morning as I decided to run rolling hills for the first time)

  • 5 miles flat
  • 7 miles rolling hills


  • I was not prepared for the windchill factor nor for the snow. What a surprise at mile 5 to be running during a snow storm!
  • I don't know which is more difficult; running up hills or down hills. Both affect different muscle groups.

Take away:

  • Hill work is an activity that I need to incorporate into my running routine. Anyone have a good hill workout or plan?


  • Piloxing - 45 minutes
  • Total body conditioning - free weights and machines

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Pace: 9:47


  • Ran in the evening - calves and legs were tight and heavy
  • Warm-up took about 3 miles before I felt loose

Take Away:

  • Evening runs are difficult, both physically and mentally

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Other Workout:

  • Total body - free weights and machines
  • Pilates

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Pace: 9:54 (happy with this pace as I was pushing to be under a 10 minute pace)


  • Normally I do my long run on Sunday, but with snow in the forecast I had to make adjustments
  • Experienced continuous pain in my left lower buttocks area

Take Away:

  • Spent a lot of time stretching area of pain following run



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