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Location:

Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Other

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!

 

 

Personal:

I am a first grade teacher. I have two grown children and two grandchildren. I truly enjoy everything about my life!

Miles:This week: 17.16 Month: 83.66 Year: 960.10
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 49.33
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 221.22
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
48.318.4756.78
Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 40.22Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 16.56
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.500.007.50

Workout: Easy pace of 60 - 90 minutes

Overall Average Pace: 10:20

Conditions:

  • 29 degrees
  • Wind WNW 9 mph
  • Rain, freezing rain
  • Snow

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:33 / 2 mi - 10:43 / 3 mi - 11:31 / 4 mi - 10:22 / 5 mi - 10:15 / 6 mi - 10:01 / 7 mi - 9:28 / 7:30 mi - 8:51

Thoughts:

  • This was the first day in two weeks that I did not take any Advil or Tynenol before running. My left knee was a tad sore, but nothing to hinder my performance.
  • The weather conditions changed rapidly. They went from safe to unsafe to marginally safe. I ran on the grass at mile 3 because the sidewalks were ice covered. At mile 4, I was able to run on pavement which was not as slick.
  • I had hoped to run 8 or 9 miles, but felt fortunate to mangage 7.5 without falling.  

 

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 7.50
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.091.007.09

Workout: 55 minutes easy with 5 x 30 second strides (60 seconds easy recovery)

  • Treadmill Workout
  • Strides / 8.7 / approx. 7:02
  • Recovery / 6.5 / approx. 9:22
  • Final stride / 9.5 / approx. 6:27

Overall Average Pace: 9:16

Thoughts:

  • My left knee is very bothersome at night. I wake up with pain and stiffness.
  • My first mile was difficult. I took Tynelnol to ease the discomfort. Everything felt better around mile 3. My friend just had an MRI. He has 3 stress fractures around his knee. My mind is spinning!

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 7.09
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.007.479.47

Workout: 60 minute progression run on the treadmill

  • 10 minute warm-up / 6.2 / 9:48
  • 30 minutes steady / 6.7 / approx 9:05
  • 15 minutes faster / 7.0 / approx 8:41
  • 10 minutes faster / 7.4 / approx 8:16
  • 5 minutes fastest / 7.8 / approx 7:58
  • 10 minute cool-down / 6.7 / 9:10

Thoughts:

  • Again, it took close to 3 miles before I felt ready to run. I feel heavy and continue to experience moderate knee stiffness
  • I took 2 Tynenol before starting my run
  • My 15 minute and 10 minute portion of the run were not that difficult. My fastest pace was a lot for me to maintain

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 9.47
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.250.007.25

Workout: 60 - 90 minutes easy

Overall Average Pace: 10:14

Conditions:

  • 34 degrees
  • Wind S 6 mph
  • Light, intermittent rain drizzles

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 11:15 / 2 mi - 10:27 / 3 mi - 10:36 / 4 mi - 10:35 / 5 mi - 9:41 / 6 mi - 9:34 / 7 mi - 9:22 / 7.25 mi - 9:18

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 7.25
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

Workout: Crosstraining

  • 45 minutes spinning

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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.450.007.45

Workout:

  • 55 minutes easy 
  • 5 x 30 second stride / 60 second recovery

Overall Average Pace: 10:06

Conditions:

  • 54 degrees
  • Wind NNE 10 mph

Splits:

  • 1 mi - 10:40 / 2 mi - 10:15 / 3 mi - 10:26 / 4 mi - 10:08 / 5 mi - 9:51 / 6 mi - 10:31 / 7 mi - 9:29 / 7.45 mi - 8:36

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 7.45
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
18.020.0018.02

Workout:

  • 18 miles easy - if you feel good at the 14-mile mark you can speed up a bit in the last 4 miles
  • Strength and mobility exercises immediately following the run

Overall Average Pace: 10:00

Conditions:

  • 28°
  • Wind SSW 5 mph
  • Snow showers started just as I entered the house! I HATE Winter!

Splits:

  • 2 mi - 10:20 / 4 mi - 10:03 / 6 mi - 9:45 / 8 mi - 9:58 / 10 mi - 10:35 / 12 mi - 9:56 / 14 mi - 9:59 / 16 mi - 9:27 / 18:02 mi - 10:02

Thoughts:

  • I set my Garmin to only speak to me at each 5 mile marker. This really helped my mental capacity to stay on pace and not fall apart toward the end of my run.
  • I also tried to consume a lot more nutrition earlier in my running. I think that this really helped me not bonk before I reached 18 miles.
  • On the downside, I took 4 Tynelol and 3 Advil during the course of the run to alleivate the dull knee discomfort.
  • Overall, I was pleased with my performance.

Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 18.02
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Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
48.318.4756.78
Saucony Triumph Iso4 Miles: 40.22Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 16.56
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