I am no great runner, by any means. I'm at an ordinary - or perhaps more like mediocre - level. But that's not important. I am just a girl that loves the fresh air on my face and the feel of my shoes on the pavement.
I began Fast Running Blog a year ago to ensure that each run carried a specific focus to attain my goal of qualifying for Boston. "Ready. Set. Go!" I wrote. And with that, I ran and I ran, day after day piling up miles and races, bit by bit.
During my long distance training runs I discovered that the only opponent I had was myself, the way that I used to be. Had I improved over yesterday?
Yes. I had improved! I qualified for Boston! I only have 1:50:10 under the qualification cut-off, so I don't know if that will be enough. In the meantime, I continue to train, run, and stay injury-free. I remain positve and enjoy the possibility that this ordinary lover of running may be running the streets of Boston!
Short-Term Running Goals:
As long as I have the sense of satisfaction at having done my very best - and, possibly, learned some significant discovery about myself in the process - then that in itself is an accomplishment, a positive feeling that can carry over to the next run or race.
Long-Term Running Goals:
My long-term goal is to be injury-free. I am really focusing on post run stretching and yoga throughout the week.
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
1 mi - 10:41 / 2 mi - 10:09 / 3 mi - 10:02 / 4 mi - 10:00 / 5 mi -9:15 / 6 mi - 8:49 / 7 mi - 9:06 / 7.52 - 8:59
I am not happy with my slow overall pace for the last two days. I think that not being accepted into the 2018 Boston Marathon is affecting my motivation and drive to push myself to faster paces. I really need to snap out of my funk.