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Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016



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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: 0.00 Month: 37.14 Year: 716.22
Saucony Triumph Iso4 Lifetime Miles: 362.91
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 26.67
Hoka Cavu Lifetime Miles: 24.81
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Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 26.80Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 31.03
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Workout: 70 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 9:57


  • 30 degrees (feels like 25)
  • NW 12 mph
  • Snow flurries


  • 1 mi - 10:14 / 2 mi - 10:25 / 3 mi - 10:36 / 4 mi - 10:15 / 5 mi - 9:14 / 6 mi - 9:48 / 6.73 mi - 8:47


  • My left calf felt fine during my run. My quadriceps, however, were very sore from yesterday's run. I guess I lost more fitness than I realized during my six days off of training.

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 6.73
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Workout: 65 minutes easy with 5 x 30 second strides (60 seconds easy recovery)

  • Treadmill / 9:12 
  • 30 second strides / 9.5 / probably around 7:00
  • 60 second recovery / 6.5 / probably 9:20


  • My quadriceps are KILLING me! I took Advil before running. Tynelol following the run. Hoping that they will soon loosen up and feel normal again!
  • Itching to get outside again, but ice covered the roadways. Weather forecast does not look promising for outdoor workouts this week.

Cross Training:

  • 50 minutes pilates - I could not perform all of the exercises because my knees are still badly bruised. Putting weight on my knees is very painful.
  • 45 minutes spinning - My knees were really bothered for the first 15 minutes of the class.

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 7.12
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Workout: Treadmill

  • 10 minute warm-up / Speed 6.4 / approximately 9:40
  • 5 x 8 minutes at a challenging pace with 2-minute slow recoveries / Speed 7.5 / approximately 8:10 / Recovery Speed / 6.7 / 9:20
  • 10 minute cool-down / Speed 6.7 / approximately 9:20


Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 8.53
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  • Treadmill (freezing rain and snow mix)
  • 60 - 90 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 9:31


Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 10.38
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Workout: Cross train

  • 45 minutes - Spinning
  • Unfortunately, I experienced a great deal of knee pain

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  • 50 minutes easy

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 5.00
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  • 20 miles easy
  • Goal to reach 16 miles at 2:40:00


  • 34°
  • N 12 mph
  • Intermittent rain mist and freezing rain


  • Overall Average Pace - 10:14  I was hoping to be just under 10:00.
  • 5 mi - 9:58 / 10 mi - 10:04 / 15 mi - 10:10 / 20 mi - 10:44
  • I met my 16 mile goal of 2:40:00, but then I fell apart.
  • At mile 17, I walked a half mile while I refueled. I had to really push myself mentally for the final 3 miles.


  • I had a nose bleed the entire 20 miles. Clearly, my nose is not healed from my fall.
  • My quadriceps are no longer sore! My knees hurt off and on, but I am not worried that I have long-term damage from my fall. They are tender and stiff when I get out of bed each morning.
  • I took Tynenol and Advil before my run. I took some more around mile 15.
  • I continue to perform daily stretching and strengthing exercises to address my legs.

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 20.07
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Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 26.80Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 31.03
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