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Warrior Mode

Thursday, October 11, 2007

What does that word bring to the mind. I close my eyes and I see someone standing proud and tall, shoulders back, eyes penetrating, focused, concentrating. There is an energy from every fiber of their being. They are ready, anxious, but quietly confident. No need to speak loudly, they know, they have a peace, an energy, a strength.

The warrior is poised and can move in a whisper.

There have been times that I have entered into that warrior mode. The picture I have chosen is one of those times. Even though two years have passed since, I can recall the concentration, the energy, the determination to finish that race in a record time and with power and energy blazing from my feet. I was assured that I could do the task at hand. No questions, no doubt, no fear!

Yes, I DID do a record time and I savoured the entire experience. So I will bring that warrior out again this Saturday when I run another Half Marathon. This will be a race that I will be running on my own course, in my own area. It will be up to me to stay motivated, focused, determined. I can call upon that warrior within me at any time and when I do, I am empowered!

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TLB513 10/12/2007 9:52AM

    You, my friend, truly are a WARRIOR! I will be thinking of you as you race tomorrow and look forward to hearing of your new PB!!

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CAGRULES 10/11/2007 9:06PM

    Hi dorm-mate!!

Very nicely written blog :) It's inspirational to me as I try running for the first time in my life!! I have always avoided it and have weak knees and ankles but am slowly working on joggin, and hope to make it into running soon. It feels so good and reading this it helps to know that there is more to running than good knees and ankles, the mindset is just as important! Best wishes to you!!


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ANGIE194 10/11/2007 8:06PM

  WOW....that was an awesome read...and so inspiring... go warrior lady go...I'll be looking for your blog after Saturday's Marathon when you tell us about your victory. You are so fabulous.

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Running with a legend

Monday, October 08, 2007

Coniston Trail Race 2007 was great! The weather was perfect, I was pumped up and ready to repeat the distance from last year, BUT do another PB!
The course is beautiful, challenging, 15K in distance, well marshalled, and fun. I had been working each week doing hill repeats and speed sessions to be ready for this day. I wanted to see how far I could get along the course before the faster partcipants in the race caught up with me. Both years past they had got me at the 8K point where there is a shale quarrey and the underfoot is quite tricky. The incline is steep, lots of shale bits about and not much room to manuver through.
I am so pleased with the outcome! I got a good start, tired a bit for mile 2 and 3 (steepest bits) and by the time the first racer caught me I had cleared the shale and was at 10K! I even passed some others in the challenge and felt like I was dancing as I needed to leap over some of the rocks.
My finish time was a fantastic 17 minutes under last year. AND, I had the honour to see former Commonwealth Marathon winner, Boston Marathon winner and a man who has a running streak of running every day since 1964....Ron Hill... finish his race. I even got a picture with him before he got surrounded by well wishers. (his achievements are much more than I listed) I've caught up with Ron at other venues and he's such a nice man it was great to see him again.
Doing these Trail Challenges/Races up in the Lakes gives me a wonderful change from running around the streets. I'm looking forward to next month and the very first Ullswater Challenge/Race.

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SAMANTHA_JEAN 10/10/2007 6:42PM

    Thats really amazing! you are such an inspiration! is England where you are from? I saw one of your photos said it was a race that took place in London. Thanks for the words of encouragment

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ANNE7777 10/9/2007 1:17PM

    YAY--Mary--another one done!!! Great time shaved off! I am proud of you, and you continue to be an inspiration to me!

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SHELTIELOVE 10/9/2007 7:30AM

    Wow, great race, and it sounds funner than road running. You go, girl!

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TLB513 10/8/2007 2:47PM

    Another PB!?!?! Why am I NOT surprised? Good for you! I'm glad the weather was beautiful and thanks for sharing the pic! You are absolutely GLOWING!

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BFITNHAPPY 10/8/2007 8:40AM

    oh my...what an awesome day for you! You are just amazing :) I am so in awe of anyone who can do trail runs. And to beat your time by 17 minutes..you go girl!
Your support for me, a total stranger is amazing..thanks for stopping by. The marathon was such an indescribable experience..your comments last week about "enjoying every moment" gave me what I needed to change it from a grueling run to the experience of a lifetime..thank you.

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BAYCORNER 10/8/2007 8:34AM

    Wow. Congratulations on your accomplishment. What a race, huh?

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Never giving up

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.

Progress keeps happening as long as I keep moving. To stand still is to stop, to not proceed, to be motionless. If I stay motionless, the world keeps moving and I may start to slip backward. I don't ever want to go in that direction again.

I like the signature I have gleaned from a book I read. " Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just NEVER give up! There are many times I have crawled, and I know there will be many times I will crawl again. However, I am NOT going to put up the white flag and surrender. I'm not going to be a captive ever again. I have come too far to just stand still and stop, or even sit down and wait.

No...a forward motion, no matter how slow, how tiny the steps are, WILL get me to that goal. It is like the races and runs that I do, as long as I keep going, I will get to that finish line, that mile marker. It may hurt, I may have to slow down, the hill might be too steep or I am too tired to run, but I can walk. If the trail becomes to cumbersome and I can't even walk, then I will pull myself along, I will crawl until I reach that finish.

I maybe able to walk again, or even run to the end, but that really doesn't matter, as long as I crawl, I am going ahead, I am going to finish. I will NOT give up!

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BFITNHAPPY 10/2/2007 11:32AM

    Mary..wow, you have such a gift for writing..this was just what I needed to read. Congratulations on hitting 1000 miles for the year. Thanks for all of your encouragement..you have no idea how much it was just what I needed at just the right time. I will be remembering this entry on Sunday.

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ANNE7777 10/1/2007 9:47PM

    Mary--keep that attitude! Know I am following in your footsteps!
I am facing some new challenges and you and T and my other best SP friends are always in my mind's eye! XOXO--Peace--Anne

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TLB513 10/1/2007 12:50PM

    YAY! Thanks for sharing that Mary... And ya know what? I'm right there with you... moving forward, no matter the pace...but NEVER going back!

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WASATCH84032 9/30/2007 8:14PM

    That is awesome! Thanks for posting!


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FITLIKENIC 9/30/2007 8:13PM

    WooooooooHoooooooooo!! You go Girl!!

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Being a turtle isn't bad

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
James Bryant Conant

I could use the parallel of the story of the tortoise and the hare to how I proceed along with weight loss. However I think this quote is more like sticking one's neck out to make progress. The turtle could hide away in his/her shell and just stay in one place. No movement, no having to lug that heavy shell at a "turtle" pace. It's only in the sticking the neck out, and then moving the feet does the turtle make headway.

I have been feeling a bit like the turtle in my shell. Keeping busy with the things in the day to day and yes, doing what I need to do. I've not posted on SP due to my 24/7 life. It's been a very hectic 2 weeks and there were some days I didn't log my food in, do the exercise that I usually do. Not planning my food ahead of time and going on the fly. I don't like that feeling. I like being organized, knowing what to do when it's time to do it.

So now I am sticking my neck out. I'm moving ahead again. I am challenging myself to again plan and then log my food every day this week. I've planned my exercise (running) for the week, even adding some ST to the program. I'm willing to try some new veggies (if I can find some I haven't tried) or fruit at the store on Monday.

I want to see more progress and after re-evaluating my goals I'm taking the steps to reach them.

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BFITNHAPPY 9/28/2007 2:29PM

    love the picture and the entry about the turtle..how true about sticking your neck out. Thank you for stopping by my page..I am getting terrified about those last six miles in the marathon..hope I get over it soon. Good luck getting back on track..you can do it!

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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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