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A journey of 1,000 miles...

Monday, September 17, 2007

...starts with a single step.

How true. Just getting anyplace takes some type of movement. Setting a goal 1,000 miles away and actually arriving there is an achievement.

That is how I felt while out on my run yesterday. Somewhere up on the moor I passed that line, stepped beyond the marker and into another set of goals. I didn't change visually, but internally I knew I had stepped through some type of barrier and left behind a part of me, to become someone changed.

I have run this distance other years, but not kept track of it. This year I had set a goal and recorded it for my benefit. I wanted to see what I could achieve, what I was capable of. I know that if I was in fall marathon training I would have passed the mark before now, but that is not the case. I've attempted to keep my weekly totals in a range of 25-30 miles to just keep me moving. I want to now lean more towards the 30 miles. I have also added hill repeats to my weekly or at least every other week workouts. I'm attempting to keep my mind questioning my actions to see if I truly have the mindset of a runner.

There is so much I want to do, so many things I hope to achieve. I want to see improvements, challenges, goals met and then reset. This is done a step at a time and perhaps a journey at a time. This 1,000 mile mark is not an end, but a waypoint as I continue along my route. There are other places I am headed, other paths I will trod. I reflect only briefly, and then continue on.

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TLB513 9/18/2007 2:24PM

    You, my friend, are amazing! and there is not a doubt in my mind that this is just a waypoint in your continued journey! I wish you sunshine and happiness on the road ahead.

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Balloons and Blueberries

Monday, September 10, 2007

Nice day to get out and enjoy. Went for annual hunt for blueberris and was rewarded with a quart full. Nice just being out and about. The air is turning crisp and the feel of fall is about.
Just sitting here at the desk I was rewarded with another event; a hot air balloon just drifted by and i scrambled to capture it with a picture.
Sometimes you just have to seize the opportunity when it happens. You never know when and more importantly IF it will pass your way again.
Enjoy, savour and hold tight to those things that are important!


3 goals for September

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I want to see progress this month so here's my goals:

1. do something outdoors every day
2. Add to Running scrapbook to bring it up to Cardif Half
3. Finish counted cross stitch project.

I didn't put a specific weight loss goal as that gets me disappointed when I don't see it happening. So it's making wise choices. It's not just popping something in my mouth with out thinking about it. Results will happen. Going to see GP for bloodwork again and open to what the test say.



Saturday, September 01, 2007

"On the tough, scenic 14km course that takes in spectacular mountain scenery, starting and finishing in Fitz Park, in Keswick. Following sustainable bridleways, the course follows the Alpine splendour of the River Greta, before ascending for 5km into the high, hanging corrie of Glendeterra sandwiched between Blencathra and Skiddaw. The graded descent back to the finishing arena gives superb panoramic elevated views of Derwentwater and the Northern Fells."

How's that for a great discription of what I took part in today! Words simply don't discribe the experience.
I am very pleased with today's results. The rain held off, I stayed upright, I got passed the rocky shelf bit, and I did a 21 minute Personal Best over last year!

It was a definatly a challenging course and I was amazed at how I was able to keep my pace up. Infact, after I got to the highest part (8K) my speed increased with each remaining mile. That might have something to do with the fact that now I was on the descent or flat part and could relax a bit and just move!

This was a real confidence booster. It was a job well done and I had a blast!

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IMANI4000 9/3/2007 5:05PM

    Congratulations on an incredible accomplishment!

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ANNE7777 9/1/2007 8:34PM

    Mary--Wonderful!!!!!!!!!! XOXO--Peace Anne

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MEGABOMB 9/1/2007 4:21PM

    Sounds like an absolutely beautiful run. Congratulations!

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slip sliding

Friday, August 31, 2007

Sometimes I am able to keep things juggling and move smoothly from responsibility to responsiblity. Then there are times like this past week and a half, when I can't seem to keep all the plates spinning or the balls juggling without dropping some.

Does that mean I'm failing, loosing ground, "falling off some wagon", giving up, sitting cross legged on the ground and not moving with my head downcast? NOPE!

Oh I do feel as though I've slid about 1,000 feet and am trying to play catch up, but I DID get lots of things done. My 24/7 life is where I live. It is what has the most priority over anything else. There are times when one responsiblity is going to take over. This past week it was our business stuff that meant I was going to spend more time working on it. Everything else needed to be put in respective

So what am I doing to ease any anxiety about getting things done? I am re-orgainizing my priorities, putting things to a list, keeping focused on what I am working on, getting a job done one at a time and seeing results.

Oh I had wanted to have so much done this past month, but it's ok with what I did get done. I've made progress on the craft projects that were my focus. I go forward a day at a time and regain ground.

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BAYCORNER 8/31/2007 10:11PM

    Nice blog. Nice thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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