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As many as you know, I took up running in 2015 and it has quickly become a passion of mine. My next goal is to get a Boston Qualifying time at the 2017 Chicago Marathon, to hopefully qualify and be accepted to the 2019 Boston Marathon (TWO YEARS FROM TODAY!)

I started Hal Higdon’s 30 week training program this time, to make sure I am doing all I can to be stronger for the Chicago Marathon and faster. I appreciate everyone who has been asking and the constant support. Instead of posting on social media every time I run, I figured a weekly recap would be less annoying for those who did not care.

I know I have to add some strength training this year  so I found something for now that works with my time constraints, I can do at home, and they are free. Tone It Up has a daily workout page with five moves and a video. I have been loving them! I also found Yoga With Adrienne‘s free yoga YouTube channel a year ago and can not get enough. She has videos for every mood, body need, time limit,whatever! I use her videos as my cool down and stretching since I am no good doing it on my own.

WEEK 5 #BostonBound2019

Monday: 3 mile easy run at 8:36 average pace, TIU daily workout, 20min yoga with Adrienne

Tuesday: 5 mile run 8:55 average  pace (extremely windy and not feeling it), TIU daily workout, 20min yoga with Adrienne

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Wednesday: 5xHills (any hill .25 of a mile at any incline five times) 4.26 miles 8:47 average pace and 232 feet gain, TIU Daily Workout, 14 min yoga with Adrienne

Thursday: Treadmill 3 mile easy run 8:34 average pace, TIU Daily Workout, 31min Yoga With Adrienne

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Friday: Long Run 8 miles 8:57 average pace, Yoga with Adrienne (runner cool down video) 18:00

Saturday: 35min Farlek 4.13 miles 8:29 average pace. I would alternate sprint around 7 min mile and then a slow jog 9 min mile in between fire hydrant/mail boxes, telephone poles  just depending on how I felt.

Some friends I found on my run. They were so cute and would walk up to the fence as I ran by.  Ironic since I found out this week that I am having issues with lactose….specifically ice cream, WHAT?! Sucks since a chocolate milkshake is my go to long run treat, but explains a lot about stomach pain I have been dealing with off and on for years that seems to be getting worse as of recent. Anyone have any dairy alternative ice cream they love?

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Easter Sunday. REST and eat all the food!

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Here is to week six, which looks like less miles and two rest days, yay!