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London Calling

Thursday, April 10, 2008

This is it, The final four miles today in my taper. Then it's down to London in the morning. Excitement to say the least! My bag is just about packed and the last of the food/fuel items awaits to be put into my backpack.

This is what I have trained 18 weeks for. This is what I have spent miles running in the rain, the cold, the wind, early hours, and late afternoons. Given up my Saturday mornings for, squeezed into my weekdays, and went out even when my mind was saying..." ahhhh you can skip it today".

This is what I ran the Liverpool Half for back in the beginning of March. Pressing on to run it to the best of my ability.

This is what I went to a physiotherapist for when my hamstring tear occurred. It's what I spent time stretching, hot baths, cold baths, hot water bottles, frozen packs of peas and applied countless rubs, ointments, creams and taken many an ibuprofen for.

This is LONDON! This is my fourth marathon. This is a test of my body, my mind, my soul. This is for me. This is to pass down a legacy to those that know me.

On Sunday 13 April I will lace up with my red laces, make my way to the Blue Start area and at 9:45 GT finish what I have prepared for all these months. This is satisfaction, living with a passion. Seizing the day and wringing it dry! Bring IT on!

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RHYNIC 4/10/2008 12:58PM

    I don't know what to say Mary. I read your post and here I sit with tears in my eyes, and I am left speechless. In a short blog you have capture the past 18 weeks...your marathon just around the corner. I want to wish you luck, but I don't think you need it. I want to tell you to run smart, but I know you already know that. I want to remind you to run safe, but you know way more about running safe than I do. Mary, may the pain of running 26.2 miles be less than the joy of crossing the finish line, getting a new t-shirt and a medal around your neck. Love Gail

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WANDAH3 4/10/2008 10:13AM

    You can do it! Your passion speaks through your words. I'm cheering you on and looking forward to your end report.

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    I can't believe it is here already!!! London is calling and you are answering with Desire, Dedication, Determination and Drive!!! I love you and am sooooo very proud of you!!! Jackie!!!

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LILLIAN64 4/10/2008 6:18AM

    That sounds so exciting.

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Working A Plan

Monday, April 07, 2008

I like to have lists. I work better knowing what I am to do each day be it for my running, my work, or my food. I just like not having to try and figure out what to do at the last minute. If it is all laid out there infront of me when I need it, I can more easily do it.

So that has been my plan with my marathon training. 18 weeks of following"THE PLAN"! I get nervous thinking about 6 days from now to see if "THE PLAN" will happen. More on that in another post.

Today I am putting the focus on another plan....my food plan. Something IS working!!! I have seen a weight loss this past week and I just might make it to the marathon running weight I was hoping for!!

What is this plan? I started working at Eating Clean and planning out my food a week in advance. I eat about every 3 hours and keep to the recommendations on the Clean Eating Team. I'm drinking loads of water, watching the total of calories and keeping my exercise up.

That's it! I have a plan and I am working it!!

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    Mary congrats on the weight loss and finding a plan that works for you!!! I had a feeling Eating Clean would be beneficial for you...I am glad you are seeing results on the scale!!! It would be great to be at marathon weight but even if you are not, you will certainly feel better, stronger, and faster come race day!!! 6 days and counting!!! I'm going to get my red laces today!!! Jackie!!!

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22 Miles....8 Days....And Then London!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

It's nearly here! The title tells it all. That's what remains till 13 April.

Thought this week needed a bit of humor, thus the picture! My FLM long run buddy Kelly, and first time marathon runner, gave the card to me along with some "thank you" socks. She knew I'm the sock queen and have an entire drawer of running socks plus another drawer of everyday socks

We did our long run Friday afternoon due to a Saturday scheduling conflict. She is my IT tutor and in between instruction we had that last bowl of soup. It was late afternoon before we got out running and despite the misty rain, the newly tried hilly route was a pleasure. The rural route allowed us fabulous scenic views, photo ops of newly born lambs with their protective moms nearby, and a final conversation of pre-marathon topics.

On Thursday I was to have done my ten mile marathon pace run, but as I was caught up in doing our company Payroll Year End I altered my running plan to move it to Saturday. I knew it would mean my legs might be a bit tired but it would be the last double digit run of my schedule. I ran the same route as the previous two weeks and knew at what time I wanted to finish.

Light rain greeted me along the early miles and I was even able to cross over the busy roads without having to stop for traffic. This kept my pace even and my breathing steady. I did have some "rough patches" with my legs feeling tired, but keeping positive I knew I would get through it. Sure enough I felt stronger and continued on. I was on target to finish at marathon pace at the 5 mile mark and if I kept that same pace for the second half I would reach my goal. When I stopped my Garmin at 10 miles I had completed it in 2:10:04! That put me slightly quicker than a revised marathon finish of 5:45:00. (My dream finish time!)

Now the last speed session has been completed and the last double digit run is done. All that are left are four shorter runs (6 miles, 5 miles, 5 miles, 4 miles) from Sunday to Thursday. Then a very easy paced two mile run Saturday in London along the Marathon route in the Isle of Dogs. This is where 18 weeks of training has brought me, and I am ready.

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FITLIKENIC 4/6/2008 1:53AM

    Love the picture! Mary you are AWESOME! Can't wait to read about the experience, happy running!

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One More Bowl of Soup

Sunday, March 30, 2008

It's been 16 weeks since I started on my road to London. I've now completed over 440 training miles, gone through 2 pairs of shoes, consumed gallons of sports drink and gels, run a half marathon, injured my hamstring, had massages, gone through physio treatment and made new friends.

All of the above has been done so in just 2 weeks I can hopefully run my fastest marathon to date. I've been able to stick with my training program for the most part. The hamstring injury put me back some miles, but I've pushed myself to keep to form.

Now I have printed up my race pace braclet, prepared a playlist on my iPod, purchased and broken in my Nike Structure Triax +11. Monday, 31 March begins my taper. I have just one marathon pace run of double digits. The rest of the runs will keep my weekly total to about 40 miles. The hard work has been done and now it's keeping the legs and lungs ready for the 13 April.

One of the differences with this training is I had a running buddy for my long runs. Kelly is my IT instructor and got a place for London in the ballot. This is her first marathon and she asked if she could run with me. It has made the Saturday hours on the road a lot better. This past Saturday we ran a 10 mile route that will be the last double digit long run. We have gotten to know each other better through the hours on the road, and over a bowl of homemade soup for our after run meal. Just one more long run awaits. One more bowl of soup.

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    I soooo envy Kelly for the miles she ran with you and the bowls of soup shared!!! Mary you are an amazing kind and gentle woman!!! I know long after I finish my 3 miles you will still be running, making us all proud!!! Love you, Jackie!!!

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2 Red Laces, 20 Miles, 3 weeks

Monday, March 24, 2008

My Marathon Registration form arrived along with the Marathon News as I mentioned in my previous blog entry. Plus, the infamous RED LACES!

Yep, I've put the laces in my newly bought London 2008 Marathon shoes and now I'm set!! The spiffy red ties are a great contrast to my yellow Nike Triax! Ok, they aren't supposed to make your shoes look better or give you that extra bit of confidence on the course or in training, BUT if that happens, FANTASTIC!

What they are for is to wear on Marathon Sunday 13 April and for each runner that crosses the line with them, the Heart Charity UK, gets a donation!! How's that for an easy way to help hearts??!! I think it is fantastic as I had been diagnosed with high blood pressure some years back. My running has brought my blood pressure down (along with mediation) to a very normal range.

This past Saturday 22 March, I laced up my new shoes with the Red Laces and went out for my longest training run of this Marathon preparation....20 Miles! Yes I felt spiffy, felt energetic and had a great run. And wouldn't you know it, the one other runner I saw out there (not counting my running buddy) was wearing his Red Laces!! I think it's catching on!

My taper has begun, as the long hard miles are behind me and all I am looking at is a slow reduction of miles until London. I am so looking forward to this! Bring IT on!

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    Can I read red laces too when I run on the 13th???? I wanna be like my Auntie Mary when I grow up!!! LOL!!! Mary you are going to be amazing!!! Jackie!!!

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ANNE7777 3/24/2008 1:17PM

    Great Mary! I am getting excited for you! Peace--Anne

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    I lived in London back in 1993, and remember watching the London Marathon. I hope you have a great race!

Sounds like the red laces is a great way to raise money for a great cause. I'll be walking 40 miles in a few weeks to raise money for Breast Cancer. I keep humming the song, "Keep on Moving."

Have a fantastic race!

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