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Just one hand...in your hand...run with me

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Five days! A fistful of fingers! OH my how my stomach churns.
Bags are being packed, final preparations are being done, five miles to run today, four tomorrow.....

My mind is a list, a mental checking off of what I have to do to be ready for Thursday morning.. for Saturday night, for Sunday at 10:20ET. It all awaits. WIll I be ready, will my nerves hold tight?

Ramblings of my mind, rumblings of my stomach. Thoughts sprinting through as I prepare what I need to do each day, each hour.

I write, I ponder, I wonder. I dream. I plan! Yes, I plan! That is what I have been doing for days, weeks, months, and even years. I am getting ready. I WILL be ready!!

Each of you will be with me. My wonderful teams, those who know what it takes to run a long distance, those who can't even imagine what is involved. Those who will be preparing for this type of event, those who utter a prayer/cheer of support.

All of these are my cheerleaders. All are carried along with my warrior spirit, my road awaits. Your thoughts, prayers, well wishes, are felt on my shoes, my shoulders, my number on my vest 44971, I hear your voices echoed in the throngs that will be NYC.

I write now, before the hectic pace of the rest of the week envelope... Run with me in spirit, in unity, in like mind, run with me in determination, in fatigue, in passion, run with me for those things you too dream and work hard to accomplish..run with me in celebration of life, of all we are given and all we work hard for......... thank you for all that you are. My hand is held by your hand and together...we RUN!

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BUFFEDSTUFF 10/30/2008 10:07AM

  My prayers will surround you, run Mary run, you are not alone emoticon

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TFISH5065 10/29/2008 3:22PM

    I will be thinking of you on race day. emoticon

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KRISSYMAC 10/29/2008 12:32PM

    We will be there with you in spirit, Mary!!!! You go girl!!!!! (((hugs)))

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SANDYC17 10/29/2008 8:38AM

    Team Sassy will be there running with you!!

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ELFITZPA 10/28/2008 10:46AM

    Good luck! You're going to have an excellent time!! I'll be there on the sidelines to cheer on a few friends, so just know in the mass of spectators, there's one more person cheering just for YOU!

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JILLWILSON2102 10/28/2008 9:28AM

    Mary you take my breath away with your thoughts. Have a wonderful day and just keep it simple!!

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    As long as we can CRY as we RUN...I LOVE YOU MARY!!!!



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Just 4 training runs away

Monday, October 27, 2008

I've broken this week down to just that.... four training runs left! Three will be here along some of my favourite short routes and one will be over 3,000 miles away from the UN to Central Park.

Breaking larger units down to smaller pieces helps me to progress towards something I am waiting to accomplish. It makes the larger picture not seem soooooooooooo looming!

The daunting tasks of running a marathon, is much easier accomplished a day at a time...or a run at a time, or anyway it works to break the unit apart.

Life is like that....the big picture can be way too much to handle, to awesome a sight. But a snapshot size unit makes it more do-able.

I'm very excited about running NYC in 6 days and there is a lot I have on my to-do list. I am doing my best to NOT get overwhelmed with all of it. That is where lists come in.. so helpful to me. I can cross off that which I have done and move on to that which is waiting.
So now, time to cross off another to do item.... time for that training run!

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    Ohhhhhhhhhhh Mary I can totally relate...well not totally but pretty close!!! LOL!!! I posted last week that I only had 44 more training runs before my next 1/2 !!! LOL!!!

Mary I am soooo excited for you!!!

Jackie!!! emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 10/27/2008 2:15PM

    Go Mary. One step at a time gets you the finish line!! Jill

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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!


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