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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: 58.39
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Overall Average Pace: 12:18


  • ​39 degrees
  • NE 10 mph


  • This was the marathon of the Dopey Challenge. I set the "coach" feature on Map my Run to pace my son and I at 12:30. He wanted to run the entire course. Based upon our 3 previous races this seemed like an achievable goal. 
  • There were 25,000+ participants at the marathon. Surprisingly, this was the easiest day to manage crowd congestion. It seemed that walkers and runners understood race etiquette so we rarely had to weave around slower individuals or groups.During the times that we got bottlenecked, my son and I just stayed where we were and eventually space opened up for us to regain our pace.
  • My son finished running the entire course! We finished slightly under our goal pace. The biggest shock was how much extra mileage we ran since we really avoided weaving.
  • It was a good 4 days to share and experience with my son. Happily, we will NEVER do this event again! It really is "dopey."

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 27.27
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Cross Training:

  • 45 minutes spinning
  • 45 minutes Pound


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Overall Average Pace:  9:40

  • Workout - Run by feeling


  • 35 degrees
  • SSE 9 mph
  • Steady drizzle of rain


  • 1 mi - 11:05 / 2 mi - 9:48 / 3 mi - 9:40 / 4 mi - 9:36 / 5 mi - 9:07 / 6 mi - 9:16 / 7 mi - 8:58


  • Running outside felt really good. My legs were loose and felt rested.
  • Weather is supposed to change again to below zero. I am trying to figure out how to get a 16 mile long run in for this weekend.

Cross Training:

  • 35 minutes pilates
  • 45 minutes spinning

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.04
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Cross Training:

  • 45 minutes spinning


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Workout: Treadmill

  • Warm-up / 10 minutes / 9:49
  • Steady / 20 minutes / 8:49
  • Faster / 15 minutes / 8:06
  • Faster / 10 minutes / 7:41
  • Fastest / 5 minutes / 7:30
  • Cool-down / 10 minutes / 9:49


  • I really wanted to attempt this workout outside, but there was lingering ice and extremely cold conditions. Maintaining paces for long durations is not something that I perform well so the practice would have been good for me.
  • I did well with my running until the 10 minute block of time. I stopped twice to drink water and catch my breath. I pulled it together for the 5 minute session.
  • Since I don't know what I'm doing on the treadmill, my speed was most likely higher than what I could have performed outside. I don't know if running on the treadmill is beneficial or harmful to my overall training.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 8.06
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Overall Average Pace:

  • Treadmill / 16 miles
  • Time goal - 2 hours 40 minutes


  • Winter training is proving to be a challenge. Additional ice and snow blanket the roads and sidewalks. The projected forecast does not look promising for any outdoor runs this week. I am experiencing  a slow, painful death on the treadmill!
  • I am satisfied with my overall time even though I missed the prescribed goal by 5 minutes.
  • At mile 12, I was ready to throw in the towel. Mentally, I was losing it. I was bored beyond belief. I tried to run faster, but that didn't work. I instead walked for a mile while chatting with the person next to me on another treadmill at the gym. This helped my mental state tremendously. I was able to finish the 16 miles.
  • I can only pray that next weekend I am outside!

Cross Training:

  • 45 minutes - Spinning

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 16.02
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Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 58.39
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