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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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Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 24.06Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 23.48
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Workout: Slow walk or run - 70 minutes

  • Treadmill / -3° outside
  • Pace / 10:00

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 7.10
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Workout: Slow, easy pace / Treadmill

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 8.50
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Workout: Fartlik (treadmill)

  • 10 minute warm-up / 9:44
  • 4 minutes  / 7.5 setting / 8:00 pace
  • 1 minute / 6.7 setting / 8:57 pace
  • Complete cycle 9x
  • 10 minute cool-down / 9:44
  • SAM easy (strength and mobility)


  • I have never done this workout. It was hard, hard, hard!
  • I'd like to try this outside. Maybe this polar vortex will leave sometime soon!

Cross Training:

  • Spinning - 45 minutes
  • Pound - 45 minutes

Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 8.46
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Overall Average Pace: 11:05


  • 34 degrees (feels like 28)
  • Wind N 8 mph


  • This was the 10K of the Disney World Marathon weekend.
  • My son's goal was to run an 11:00 minute average pace. We were able to do this easily.
  • I am just trying to support his race endeavors and keep my muscles loose.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.49
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Overall Average Pace: 11:25


  • 24 degrees 
  • Wind NW 10 mph


  • I am doing the Disney World Marathon Weekend with my son. He is a casual runner and wanted to do a destination event. We are doing 4 races in 4 days. I am setting aside my race training for the week to support and encourage his endeavors. 
  • All I can say about this 4 day event is that Disney puts on a great event, but it is not an event for the serious runner. The participants are zany and over the top. Most are pretty clueless about race ettiquette. If you are not in Corral A, you may as well forget about having a decent finish. There are walkers everywhere - to the right, in the middle, to the left, 5 a breast - swatting you with wings, tails, veils, wands, and over-sized gloves as you pass them along the race course.  Other participants stop immediately in front of you to snap a selfie or to stand and scream about the next Disney character that has appeared along the side of the race course.
  • The 5K was a mental challenge. Running with around 20,000 people is a lot to manage. We made major weaving mistakes, but feel better prepared for the other events now. Hopefully, by the marathon we'll be experts and have a relaxing, kickback event!

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 3.33
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Average Overall Pace: 11:32


  • 39 degrees
  • Wind N 6 mph


  • This was the half-marathon of the Disney World Marathon weekend. 
  • My son's goal was to run between 11:30 and 11:45 so we did well staying within that range.
  • I practiced hydratation and eating while running.
  • Did my SAM easy (strength and mobility) following the event.

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 13.66
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Altra Torin 2.5 Miles: 24.06Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 23.48
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