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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: 11.72Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 23.74Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 16.02
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Workout: Recovery day

  • Treadmill
  • Brisk walk of 70 minutes


  • Mentally this is a difficult workout for me. I feel that I should be running. Trying hard to stay true to the 20 week program.
  • The weather froecast shows more snow and extreme cold temperatures for the week. Ugh!

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 5.54
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Overall Average Pace: 10.03 (treadmill)


  • 60 minutes easy pace
  • 5 x 30 second strides (60 - 90 seconds easy recovery)


  • Several more inches of snow fell last evening - Ugh! I am starting to dread running on the treadmill. It is beyond boring!
  • I ran my strides at mile 4. It took two strides before I found a treadmill setting that pushed me to something similar to outdoors. Although my lung capacity was never fully challenged, my left hip and left hamstring felt a significant pull. I did not want to further strain them.
  • The treadmill was set at a 9.0 / 6:39 mile pace, but my estimate would be a 8:00 mile pace.


Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.18
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Workout: Treadmill (loathing the weather)

  • 10 minute warm-up / 9:44
  • 5 x 8 minutes at a challenging pace / 8:10
  • with 3 minute steady recovery / 9:34
  • 10 minute cool-down / 9:44


  • The first 8 minutes was difficult to run. After the 3 - minute recovery, I hit my stride. It was a challenging pace for me to maintain. I increased my pace just slightly for the final 8 minute round.
  • By the afternoon, my quadriceps were sore and tired. It could have been the workout or it could have been the 5 hours of hiking in the snow that I did yesterday.

Cross Training:

  • 45 minutes spinning
  • 45 minutes Pound class

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 8.52
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Workout: Treadmill

  • Easy run 75 minutes


  • My first 3 miles were beyond torture, physically and mentally. I finally hit my stride, but had to work at not ramping up the speed.
  • I have no idea if my workouts are building stamina, speed, etc. I just hope that all of these indoor workouts transfer to running outside when the weather finally changes.

Cross Training:

  • Pilates - 45 minutes
  • Spinning - 45 minutes

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 8.11
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Cross Training:

  • 45 minutes spinning

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Workout: (still on the treadmill)

  • 55 minutes easy
  • 5 x 30 second strides (7:10 pace)
  • 60 second easy recovery (9:33 pace)


Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 7.11
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  • 16 miles easy
  • At 13-mile mark increase pace for the last 3 miles

Overall Average Pace: 10:10


  • 33° (feels like 28°)
  • SW 10 mph


  • 2 mi - 10:18 / 4 mi - 9:52 / 6 mi - 9:54 / 8 mi - 10:31 / 10 mi - 10:19 / 12 mi - 10:12 / 14 mi - 10:12 / 16 mi - 9:53


  • This was the first time in two weeks that I have run outside. It was refreshing!  The sidewalks were impassable while the roads were snowpacked and icy in places. Throughout the run, I had to slow my pace or walk for safety reasons.
  • I would have liked to finish with an overall pace closer to 9:55, but based upon the road conditions I am satisfied with my performance.
  • I need to bring more nutrition and hydration with me. I was in need of additional fluids by mile 14. My final push was more of a struggle than necessary because of my lack of preparedness. Learning as I go.


Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 16.02
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Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 11.72Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 23.74Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 16.02
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