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More than numbers

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

How to measure achievements? How to feel like I am getting someplace? What do I feel like when I only use one form of standardÖthe scale and it doesnít reflect a downward slide?

If I was to only use the scale to mark my ďsuccessĒ with becoming a healthier person I would really get upset. And when I DO use just the scale I DO get disappointed. I really wish I lost weight quickly and consistently, but with my health issues the reality is I donít. I loose weight at a snailís pace and I can put it back on like a jet plane.

Therefore, I need to look someplace else than the scale to measure my ďachievementĒ. Just this week Iíve been noticing these even more. When I put on that great leather belt with the fancy buckle, I will need to put a new hole in it to have it fit me properly. It's doesn't have any more to use.
With the colder weather I put on a running jacket that I havenít worn since the early spring, and it fits so much better at the hipline. (I remember when I first bought that jacket 3 years ago, it was very snug at the hip and the only way I could wear it was to open the side zippers at the mesh inset to allow me extra room, now I donít need to do that.)
The gold wrist bracelets are looser and can even slide off without being unfastened.

I enjoy my running and have noticed that my speed has increased with the races I have taken part in this year; in fact I have been pleased with the several personal best times I have achieved. My breathing while out running seems almost effortless at times. The hill repeats that I challenge myself with are enabling me to run better.

Itís a good thing that I sew and have a sewing machine because when Iput a skirt on that I havenít worn since last winter, I am going to need to take the waist in at least 2 inches! (right now the safety pin is holding it together!)

When I look at pictures of myself from just over this year, I see a dramatic change. There is a glow that radiates from a more toned face and body. I donít even need to take my measurements, because I know without numbers, that I am achieving.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SAMANTHA_JEAN 10/29/2007 9:44PM

    great blog. very uplifting to hear about a sucessful journey

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RINAKING 10/26/2007 3:37PM

    Way to go!! Great reflection.

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ANNE7777 10/25/2007 7:30PM

    YAY Mary--this indicates you are in this for the long run (pardon the pun!). Not being so concerned with numbers, but rather for the health of it all! I am proud of you. I can relate to you too! Keep it up Strong Woman! Peace--Anne

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GERRYD8784 10/24/2007 10:10PM

    Great blog entry, Mary. You should be very proud of all you've accomplished. You're an inspiration to all of us on the Daisy Falls team!

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FITLIKENIC 10/24/2007 7:40PM

    Wonderful! I wish I had a sewing machine, been on my wish list for years, but I do have a wonderful MIL who helps with the taking in as needed. Now that we are 2 hours apart I'll have to get shopping! Good for you on the things you've noticed, improved running time must feel amazing! Continued success to you!

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NANCY-GIRL 10/24/2007 5:04PM

    How sweet is that??? It's amazing how much we focus on numbers - weights, measures, times, laps, sizes, etc. They're just numbers. What's really nice is how we look in some of our new numbers. ............. Personally, I don't sew, so I have lots of safety pins to take in my skirts. I have gotten rid of a lot of clothes, but I'm keeping my pinned-in skirts! The pins make the sizes adjustable, right??? LOL .............. Keep up the good work & High 5's to you!! Daisy Falls Rocks!!!!

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Leaving a Positive Legacy: My Motivation

Friday, October 12, 2007

Why do I do what I do? Why am I determined to be a healthier me. Why do put my body through the miles and miles of training for running the various races I run? Why do I choose not to eat certain things?

I am selfish, that's why!

I want to be around for as long as I can. I want to feel the wind on my face and see mountains, and valleys, and hot air balloons. I want to run lakeside trails, paved streets, rural rambling roads and I want to test my abilities to see what I am capable of. I want to see my grandchildren have children.

I want to hear my children tell me of their achievements and dreams. I want to feel the electricity of their joy, give them hugs when they need them. Be a shoulder, and a friend to those I meet. I want to let people know that someone is there for them and remind them how fantastic they are.

I want to sit and listen to my husband play his guitar and hear the stories of what life was like for him growing up an ocean away from me. I want to enjoy his company for years and years and years.

Yes, I am selfish, and that is why I do what I do. I want every bit of life that I can get. I want to wring it dry and then pull every bit of moisture that is left out with my mouth. I want my passing to be like a sonic boom! I'm leaving this place with vapour trails and burning tire tracks. I'm not going quietly. Nope...I'm leaving a legacy that will continue. I'm making the most of everything that is given to me. Grabbing on with both hands and yelling a loud YEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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CAELAXO 10/15/2007 12:11PM

    Great blog!! Keep up the good work!!

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SAMANTHA_JEAN 10/14/2007 11:17PM

    good be selfish, you should be! you are truly an inspiration. Keep it up =D

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SANDYK2 10/13/2007 7:13PM

    Mary, You are a great inspiration! There is no selfishness in what your doing you've just learned what it means to love yourself I know that must be a wonderful feeling. Keep up the great work your doing.

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RHYNIC 10/13/2007 6:25PM

    Hey Girl, this doesn't sound like a post that was created my a selfish person. way way to much love, passion and happiness.

Your great. So glad we met.

love gail

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GERRYD8784 10/13/2007 3:14PM

    Great blog, Mary. You are already an inspiration with all you have accomplished. You call yourself selfish, and I get your meaning, but you're also selfless in your desire to be a shoulder for others who need it, and a friend to those you meet.

Thanks for stopping by my page, and for your supportive comments. Looking forward to continuing to get to know you as we continue on this journey together.


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TLB513 10/13/2007 2:32PM

    Mary, my friend...

You are a LIVING legacy! Yes. Yes, you are!


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FITLIKENIC 10/12/2007 8:51PM

    I must say you have a way with words! Lovely blog and that photo is so beautiful! You are a great inspiration and I can see you leaving a wonderful trail of memories.

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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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