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I will run 500 miles....

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

....so I can run 26.2 in New York City!!

Yep, it's just 12 days now...and another marathon will be under way. According to my training diary by the morning of November 2 I will have run over 550 miles in preparation for the race through the 5 Boroughs of NYC.

My training started in the warmth of summer (if you can call the type of weather we had summer) and now is ending in the falling leaves of October and cooler days taking me into November and the awaiting flight of over 3,000 miles to NYC.

The niggles and nerves are kicking in a bit...it seems to be par for marathon preparation for me. Extra stretching, icing, heating pad, hot water bottle, etc to help with the bodily issues, and reading inspirational material, extra walks with our new dog and writing is helping some with the emotional and mental nerves.

Today was exciting... my registration card and plane e tickets arrived. I'm thrilled to be starting in the same start as my speed demon hubby!! He will get to leave Staten Island 40 minutes before me and likely finish 3 hours before me! To say the race buzz has kicked in is an understatement!!

All this comes down to persistence, perseverance and positive belief in what I CAN and WILL do. A marathon IS just a one day event, however it is a journey to get to the start line. The over 500 miles I have traveled around the hills, rural roads and valleys of Lancashire and surrounding areas have physically gotten me to this point. (the picture is of me completing the half marathon in Anglesey, Wales.)

Mentally and emotionally I have traveled distances that can't be measured in miles or kilometers. I am a warrior, a runner, and an athlete. I have dug deep within to find out what it takes to do what I do. I like who I have become and am becoming.

So like that old adage, "a journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step" I am so grateful that I took that step and am on an amazing journey!

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JILLWILSON2102 10/22/2008 4:04PM

    Mary you are just an awesome woman, mentor, and motivator. Thank you!! Jill

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RHYNIC 10/22/2008 9:14AM

    hey, I guess you don't have to answer all those questions I asked on your sparkpage...I have found the answered. I can't wait to hear all about it. You have trained will. You will do well. gail

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GOODMAR 10/21/2008 7:46PM

    Wow! Good luck to you on your NYC marathon. My friend's husband did it last year - it will be a fun time for you, and a good way to celebrate all your hard work in training! Have fun! emoticon

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    It's simply amazing what we can do if we get out of our own way!!! I am thrilled to be sharing another marathon experience with you!!! One day I will be telling my own marathon stories but for today...this is YOUR moment to shine!!! Know I will be with you in spirit every step of the way!!! I love you Mary!!! You are my inspiration!!! Jackie!!! emoticon

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CEEBEE200 10/21/2008 5:49PM

    Wow, Mary, I can't believe you're running the NY Marathon so close to the US Election Day -- I totally hadn't twigged they were scheduled that way. What a momentous couple of days: 2 amazing races culminating together. And, of course, we'll be watching for news of YOUR race as closely as the other one!!!!

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The NOW moment

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

This is a reminder of where I was, where I am now and the wide open spaces of what lies ahead.

I don't live in the future, nor the past. I live in the here and now. This is a great concept and one that I have heard about when working with dogs. They live in the now.. what is going on at THIS moment. Not what was, or what they hope will be, but NOW!

How often do I let what happened yesterday or just an hour ago influence me in this moment? All the time!! I miss out on the wonderful NOW times and color them differently with the wash of what was before.

It's time to see now for what it is....a glorious glimmer of a fraction of something. It's seeing that sun bouncing off an object and not worry about when it's gone, or how long it will be there, but grasping the now.

So I put that to plan, I look at where I am standing and rejoice in that. I'm not worrying about how far further the steps go along, or how far the trail is as is disappears over the hilltop, but take in the view of where I am. I seek to live in the now with all that is precious to me.

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JILLWILSON2102 9/10/2008 9:36AM

    Mary - thank you. Living in the now is such a difficult thing to do, when our daily lives force us to look at the big picture all the time. Taking the moment and savoring it is a powerful thing. Thank you for the reminder my friend.

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TLB513 9/10/2008 8:52AM

    Oh, Mary! With all that is going on, I have recently been reminded of how important it is to live in the NOW! Afterall, the now is all we have...the past is past and there is no promise of tomorrow. This is applicable to all areas of our lives...

So here's to making this moment, in life, all it can be!


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Crossing a finish line

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The All About ME End of Summer Challenge ended today. I wanted to do something that would kick start me into fall..to help me be more focused, and to prove something to myself.

This was not an easy challenge. It started out easy with just one thing to do...and then more were added...pamper points were like a reward for doing those things that helped me though the day. The things that gave some structure to the events of the day. It was also reaching out to other people and as this site says....sharing the spark.

I have learned that to do something of worth takes time... patience..persistence...perseverance...and if you fall, get up and press on.

Yes, I crossed the finish line of THIS challenge....and like life there are more challenges and their respective finish lines waiting. I'm lacing up my shoes to be ready!


5 Days can make a difference

Monday, August 25, 2008

Today is the half point of our team;s 10 Day All About Me End Of SUmmer Challenge. Part of today's challenge is to write a blog about these 5 days.

Starting out slow, doing one thing for each day and then adding another one has helped me to concentrate on the basics. Logging my food, drinking my water, eating a variety of vegetables/fruits, writing a positive message to myself will keep me focused on that which will help me to move forward with my goals.

It's easy to get overwhelmed, but to just keep my mind on what I need to do, a day at a time can make a difference. It's a short time to be challenged so it makes it a doable thing, as long as I stay willing to do it.

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SWIRLINGIRL 8/25/2008 8:53PM

    Thanks Mary... it's an awesome challenge and just what I needed as I get ready to return to public school work for the year.

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RLBRYSON 8/25/2008 7:09PM

    You go girl! Looking at your pics, I haven't run for real since gym class in junior high! Like you said, you can only take it one day at a time so no need to get overwhelmed with the goal. emoticon

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70 days

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ten weeks, 70 days.....that's it now.
NYC Marathon is approaching with each new day of traning. I've now finished another week and traveled 39.73 miles in the persuit of that NCY Marathon start line.

The mornings are starting later, the nights are beginning to close in earlier and there is a touch of coolness to some of the days. Where has summer gone? Did it ever arrive over here in GB? Maybe if I remember back hard enough it was here for a few days back in July. But there is something great about running in cooler temps and also running in the rain.

One of the things I like best about running at this time of year is checking on what soon will be my blackberry pickins. Yes, all along the roads and trails I cover I can see the ripening fruit and soon I will be taking walks to gather the late summer harvest. Many times I'll pinch a few berries off the vines as I run by to see if they are sweet enough for a trip back to pick them.

What has this got to do with my NYC training? It's that little bonus I get for being out there. I don't know how many other people see these yummy berries like I do and enjoy a handful of nature's on the road fuel. I like to think they are there for me and a handy carb snack when I need a lift. Just yesterday while out on my 10 mile run long run I was on my extra 1 mile cool down and there provided for me was that little extra blackberry boost to keep me going.

There are other bonuses to being out running, even when the weather is at its worse. Today while out in the mostly cloudy morning the rain showered down but for a moment there was a respite, and in front of me was the start of a rainbow. I hurried to get my mobile camera phone out of my pocket to capture it. Succeeding I secured it back in my jacket when I looked back up to see the full rainbow appear, I hurried again to get my phone, but just as I reached for it and looked back at the sky to snap, the rainbow had vanished!

That got me thinking about how quickly life things can be here, and in an instant be gone. Opportunities, people, moments, can vanish before we have a chance to look back at them. No, I didn't capture the entire rainbow on my camera today, but I did savour the moment of it. I will have to settle for the fraction I did snap, but that is better than just thinking about capturing it.

Not missing out means taking part. In 70 days I WILL take part, I will experience, I will have a rainbow moment!

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BUFFEDSTUFF 8/24/2008 10:58PM

  Dang, Mary, I think I will be there with you in spirit. Oh keep making beautiful memories my friend. 70 days will soon be here.

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