Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Watch the video:
Margaret Hagerty – Marathoner!
Kiawah, SC is the destination for the 81st and possibly final marathon Margaret Hagerty plans to run.
At 64, her doctor told her to quit smoking and get out and move it.
The first day, she only ran the length of two houses.
At 66, she ran her first marathon in Greensboro, NC. She set a state record for her age group.
In 2005, she made the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest person to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents, at age 81 years, 101 days.
In 2008, she became the oldest person to run the Great Wall of China (in a 10K event, see link below).
NOW, what’s your excuse?
Herald Sun, Page C4, Saturday, October 26, 2010. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SPORT/05/20/wa
photo with her Guinness World Record
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Preparing for church service this morning,
I decided I wanted to wear a particular red jacket (fall weather is getting cooler and I do NOT like to be cold!) This altered my dress plans. So I reached for a basic black dress and went to early service.
Getting changed for my afternoon run, I hung the dress back up. That's when I realized - this was one of those dresses I had on the backwards hanger.
A tip of organizing is to hang ALL your clothes backwards on their hangers. Then, as you wear them, you turn the hangers forward. After a period of time, you will be able to see what clothes you wear and which you don't, and decide if you are going to donate those clothes that are just taking up space.
I'd hung onto this dress because it was one of my favorites - a simple black sheath of a material that doesn't show wrinkles. Great for throwing into a suitcase and wearing with a variety of accessories to create several different "outfits" while traveling. And it had gotten too small to wear.
So without even realizing it, I'm making progress. The last time I SPECIFICALLY remember wearing this dress was during my trip to China...9 to 10 years ago!
I was looking for a photo to show you, but it was so long ago I don't have those downloaded to my computer! (Will add it and maybe a current day update if I find the original.)
Shout it from the rooftops!
Running pays off!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Heard David Goggins speak at NCCU tonight. This 35 year old became a Navy Seal despite a host of obstacles (including sickle cell trait). He’s done over 800 dives and over 700 (parachute) jumps. And he says he hates to run.
His motivation – to raise college money for children whose parent(s) have died in the line of duty.
He’s raised over $1.5 million for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation…and counting (www.specialops.org).
He lost over 105 lbs to do the hardest endurance events on the planet, setting course records. In his first ultra-distance event, after just 5 days notice, he ran 100 miles in under 19 hours and ended up with fractured feet and kidney failure. To train for The Badwater 135 he ran on a treadmill in a sauna! You have to run on the white line on the side of the road in these desert events to prevent your shoes from melting to the asphalt. He did 20 100-mile races in ONE YEAR!
His regular routine was to get up about 3:30am, run 10 miles, ride his bike 25 miles to work, run at lunch, then ride 25 miles home. For a couple of years, he only got about 4 hours sleep a night.
He is now 6 weeks out from his second heart surgery to close a hole “the size of a poker chip.”
Resting heart rate: 32 beats per minute!
Here’s the VIDEO LINK to his cover of Runner’s World magazine Heroes of Running feature in 2008.
After hearing him, I realize I can push myself further, and I will be putting more time in before my half marathon and really looking at my goals for 2011. Hope you are as inspired as I was!
Friday, October 15, 2010
(This blog is dedicated to my muse, Gloria Estefan,
and to my wonderful, amazing SparkFriends!)
"Stinkin' thinkin'" is what they call it when we let negative thoughts cloud our motivation. Boy, was I THERE! Thanks, SparkFriends, for rescuing me! Like the 33 Chilean miners - I'm "coming out of the dark - I finally see the light now, and it's shining on me."
The AHA moment? I realized today I was acting on (in this case, immobilized by) the wrong belief. I thought because a certain relationship had failed, deep down it meant it was my fault. And because I felt unloved, it spilled over into thinking I was unlovable. As a result, I wasn't willing to put the effort into taking care of myself. Then the light bulb went off over my head.
I AM LOVABLE.
(Transition to BEYONCE singing "Why don't you love me?" in her video...minus the martinis and the mascara...keep the heels and the leotards, LOL!)
Music is vital to my life. So I was listening to some Latino jams today and BAM! Gloria spoke to my needs. I went back and played it again...and again...
Now I'm ready! I'm taking my life and my self worth back!
From the song "Get On Your Feet":
Get on your feet! Get up and make it happen.
Get on your feet! Stand up and take some action!
Get on your feet! Don’t stop before it’s over.
Get on your feet! The weight is off your shoulder.
You gotta keep looking on to tomorrow,
There’s so much in life that’s meant for you!
Deep in your heart is the answer.
Find it! I know it’ll pull you through!
Pity Party is over.
Today is a new beginning!
What adventures are waiting to be discovered?
From "Coming Out Of The Dark" by Gloria Estefan:
"Starting again is part of the plan.
I'll be so much stronger holding your hand.
Step by step, I'll make it through. I know I can!
May not make it easier but I have felt you near all the way."
YOU ARE ALL THE BEST AND TOTALLY !!!
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