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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

8K - 41:49.9 / Turkey Trot 8K 2018

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: 5.13 Month: 53.18 Year: 1433.05
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 237.44
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 334.25
Brooks Ghost 11 (2nd Pair) Lifetime Miles: 167.01
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 28.78Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 17.87
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Pace: 9:57


  • 31°
  • Winds SSE 7mph


  • Really focused on keeping my pace at the recommended easy level - 10:15
  • Picked up pace on Mile 9 to 9:15

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 10.05
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Pace: 9:09


  • 51°
  • Wind S 14 mph


  • Incredibly difficult to motivate myself out of bed (4:30 AM)
  • I was bonking at mile 5, but somehow zoned out and missed my Gramin mileage report for 51/2 miles. When I heard that i was on mile 6, I rebounded and sprinted the final mile
  • Grateful that I forced myself out of bed because it started raining shortly after I finished. It is still raining!

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.03
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Pace: Strength (treadmill)

  • Warm-up/Revcovery/cool-down - 9:31
  • Strength - 8:40


  • I am on the mental struggle bus. I lack motivation to run. The thought of running a marathon in 6 weeks overwhelms me.

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 9.50
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Pace: 9:37


  • 40°
  • WSW 22mph


  • I am in such a running funk - only crawled out of bed because I convinced myself that This was a recovery run.
  • Hit my stride around 3 1/2 miles, so I picked up my pace

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 7.34
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Pace: Tempo (treadmill)

  • Warm-up/Cool-down - 9:30
  • Tempo - 8:57

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 9.23
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Pace: 9:47


  • 34° (feels like 24°)
  • Winds N14mph


  • Around mile 3, my left knee experienced sharp inside pain. I've never had that happen.  I walked a short distance to my house and called it quits for the morning.
  • I am hoping that the pain is just a matter of switching shoes.
  • I am shy of my weekly mileage. so I need to run more this afternoon.
  • Tomorrow is tobe a rest day. I have a 10 mile race on Sunday. Fingers crossed that this is nothing!

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 3.50
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Pace: 10:01

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Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 28.78Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 17.87
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