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Hi.

Welcome to my journey to Boston. I'm counting down the days and the miles to the July 28 race to qualify!  It's going to take a little sprinkling of yoga, running and weights to get there, and I hope you find inspiration to add some or all of these to your own life!

100.  marathon training academy podcast

100. marathon training academy podcast

I've got a tempo run scheduled for today, and I'm sitting here watching the clock approach 8pm as I wait for my phone to charge up enough to handle two tracking apps and music or podcasts at the same time.  I'm not dreading this run, I just keep putting it off because I have other things I want to do.  Read, eat, walk Miley.  Similar situation to the circuits yesterday.  I didn't go this morning because I had a meeting at the time I usually run (note to self: don't schedule meetings when you should be running).

This will be my fourth run of this training cycle, and my second tempo.  I've got a warmup mile, 5 miles at race pace (8:00) and a cool down mile.  It's 3 til 8 now and still light out, so even though winter temps are still lingering, at least the daylight is with the program.  Alrighty, here goes before I find something else to do instead of logging miles.  Should get it done in under an hour.

 5 tempo done

5 tempo done

I nailed this one!  I was surprised because end of day runs are tougher for me mentally and usually physically as well.  When my first notification went off about pacing, I had to pull back because I was so close to 8:00 and it was just the warmup.  Every now and then I get those runs that just feel perfect, and this was one.  The temps were great, my legs felt strong and my breathing was slow and steady.  I managed to hang on to middle 7s for most of the tempo miles, though the last mile got a little bit tough.  

 strong tempo miles

strong tempo miles

I came home and read on the couch for a while before hopping in to a long, hot epsom salt bath.  I turned on one of my favorite running podcasts, The Marathon Training Academy, and listened to the episode about 5 super star female marathoners who helped shape the sport.  It's called Heroes of The Marathon[Part 2].   I like to listen to podcasts when I'm driving, on my long runs and around the house, although out of habit I'll usually pick music first.

99.-92. a learning process

99.-92. a learning process

101. fitcamp circuits

101. fitcamp circuits