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5K Run for Literacy - Trail Run

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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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Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 18.26Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 13.10
Race: 5K Run for Literacy - Trail Run (3.107 Miles) 00:27:07, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 1
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Pace: 8:54

Top Overall Female: 3rd Place

Race Reflections:

  • This was my first race since my hamstring injury in November 2016. I was completely winded throughout the race. From the moment I began running, I felt awful (slow, weighted down, sore). Mentally, it was a battle with my thoughts to finish especially the final 1/2 mile. My pace really slowed.  
  • I have a long road ahead of me to gain stamina and speed back.


Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 3.11
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Pace: Rolling Hills

  • 9:52


  • 42 degrees

Injury Report:

  • Pronounced soreness throughout the day/hamstring and buttocks area



Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.55
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Pace: Speed Workout (treadmill) 6 x 800/400 recovery

  • Recovery - 9:16
  • Speed - 8:22

Injury Report:

  • No hamstring or buttocks soreness during run
  • Stretching afterwards felt good, no pain

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.60
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Pace: Strength Workout (treadmill)

  • Warm-up - 9:22
  • Strength - 8:57

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Disney World Marathon Weekend:

  • Disney canceled the half-marathon due to lprojected ightning in the area during race time

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 13.10
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Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 18.26Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 13.10
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