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London's calling LOUDER

Saturday, March 06, 2010

The weeks have been melting by, the miles are getting longer and distances further and my body is reminding me...SEVEN weeks!

Oh my! Here I go again with my nerves!! It starts to happen to me when I get into the 40 mile weeks...and that is where I am this week... 46 to be exact!
Just one run left for Sunday to finish out my weekly total. All going to plan it will be 8 miles at marathon pace! My stomach churns with these runs and I have to tell myself that this is just a dry run, not the real thing and to relax and enjoy the feel of the road, the rush of the wind, the beating of my heart, the exhale of my breath, the return of the inhale, the cadence of my stride..and all that makes me a runner.

Liverpool Half is just 3 weeks and the realization that I haven't raced a half in over a year jumps into my mind! Injuries kept me from complete training last year during my Berlin training. There go my nerves again. Breathe and enjoy...this is what it's about for me. See what I can push myself through, what I can accomplish for as long as I can accomplish it.

In the distance I hear the call of London, the place where marathon 7 will take place, the route I could run in my sleep as I have done it twice before and watched my hubby do it previously. The thought of train ride down, the hotel in the Isle of Dogs, the excellent expo, the early morning ride to the start area, the mile walk up the hill to the designated start, the balloons, the spectacle that is London, the line up, the distant start gun, the celebrities, the thousands of participants, the crowds, the noise, the Tower Bridge, the Embankment, the EYE, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the "Golden Gates" of the finish line...the exhaustion, the elation, the satisfaction!!
YESSSSSSSSSS.. I hear it AGAIN!!.. and it spurs me onward to do what I have to do to get to that start line!
BRING IT ON!!!!! I run with all that in my mind and I can't help but smile and push that much harder!!

NOTE: just an addition to this blog; I did the run, did the time and sooooo pleased!! Kept it UNDER marathon pace! Thanks for all your kind messages!

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RAIDERMOM2277 3/6/2010 7:42PM

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Mary, Enjoy your marathon. Hope the weather is nice for you.

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SIANBRANNON 3/6/2010 12:24PM

    How hard is it to run in London's weather?

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ALICIA214 3/6/2010 12:09PM


Good for you. I wish you a successful run.


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ALICIA214 3/6/2010 12:09PM


Good for you. I wish you a successful run.


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SWEETPEA92 3/6/2010 12:06PM

    WOW that all sounds so exciting!! No wonder you are looking forward to it all. I wish you all the best, and enjoy your run. emoticon emoticon

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The week awaits!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I'm looking ahead to a new week AND a new month.
Today marks 9 weeks till my marathon. That means I'm getting to the higher number in the weekly miles. I've been a bit short with my distances, so this is the week to step it up to where it should be.

I'm leaping into this upcoming week with these goals marked down to accomplish:

1. run my training miles as my log states
2. plan, log and eat my food to plan keeping within calories
3. Strength Train each day and stretching out after my runs.
4. DRINK that water...I do good job of it already, but more is good.
5. Get at least 7 hours sleep a night. It helps me to be rested the next day!
6. Write my thoughts down if not in a blog, then in the journal option. Good mental searching for me

There, that should keep me busy and focused!

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DAS92687 3/1/2010 8:14PM

    Your focus is a great inspiration!
Wishing you much success with your training and the marathon :)

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JUDYK17 2/28/2010 9:26PM

    Great work out plan! keep up the good work.

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STACIELOVE 2/28/2010 7:41PM

    I'm really looking forward to March, too. You've got some great goals! Keep up the great work!!

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

I have been running for 6 short years, however in that time I have accumulated a plethora of shirts; finisher T shirts, wicking running short sleeve shirts, technical long sleeve shirts that almost all of which have some form of motivational message.

The messages range from manufacturer's slogans, race messages, to race finish details. Even though they occupy a couple of stacks in my wardrobe, I can't seem to part with any of them as each one has a story behind it.

I don't wear the cotton race finisher shirts to run in but they are my shirts of choice for ST at the gym. Each one is like wearing a badge of honour that I display when I choose to wear it.

My technical or wicking shirts are for when I am out running. They serve the purpose of "wicking" away the moisture from my overheating body as I am running. With the colder temperatures I layer several shirts to keep me warm enough for the sometimes several hour long runs during these colder temperatures.

I do choose my shirts to not only match the outdoor weather of the day, but also the inside mental weather of my mind. I know that might sound strange, but picking the right shirt to match my mindset gets me in the mental gear of what I am about to face.
I might choose, "From Soul to Sole" or "Running Never Takes More Than It Puts Back", or "Run Like Hell", or "Marathon" or my NYC Finisher shirt, "What does it Take..."or one of the many others!!

Words are just as powerful a fuel as the physical fuel to feed my body. Being Mentally topped up gives me that little edge that when I lace up and head out the door I am in the right frame of mind to push myself to see what I can achieve. Not only am I wearing the chosen message on my shirt, (even if it is covered with my jacket)I am wearing it in my mind and on my heart!

What words fuel you today?

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SIANBRANNON 3/6/2010 12:25PM

    Words that fuel me: small, lean, tight, fit.

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DAS92687 3/1/2010 8:17PM

    Sorry I missed this blog over the weekend. I am not sure how it happened.
Here's the words I've been focused in on lately ....

All men should strive
to learn before they die
what they are running from, and to, and why.
~James Thurber

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When the student is ready....

Friday, February 26, 2010

...the teacher appears.

I first heard this quote years ago and feel it is true. Is it the timing, the openness, a new maturity, a last gasp surrendering to the situation, or something else? But whatever it is it happened in relation to the Biggest Loser Challenge and refinding the fire that had been smoldering for weeks if not months.

I knew that I would be starting my marathon training in January and it would run until April 24. I made up my running plans and printed them up so I would be prepared when the time came. However, something was missing, that bit of fire to ignite the passion and determination. I needed a kick start to move me along my path. Enter the BLC and Team Extreme!!

Paired with others who are pushing themselves to achieve goals I have seen a change in myself. The challenges have pushed me to go a little bit further, a little bit longer, a bit faster. work harder. What I can't get over is the timing of all of this!
We started this part of the journey on 13 January, just when the snow was finally starting to melt a bit!! The end date is in April, just 2 weeks before I run the Virgin London (UK) marathon. Perfect timing!

That brings me to these next 6 weeks...and keeping strong to the finish. Just like running, if I stop partway through a run, I'll never get to where I am going. So, it is the same with this journey. I am ready, I am teachable, I am open to try things a bit differently to see different results, I will push myself harder, faster and run stronger, eat cleaner, strength train more regularly and listen to the many "Teachers" that have been here for me. Yes, I am ready....thank you for being my teachers!!

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LYNNANN43 2/26/2010 6:26PM

    You are definitely my cheerleader emoticon and running mentor on the Extreme Team!


Not to mention my favorite morning post read:D

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DAS92687 2/26/2010 6:21PM

    Here on the team, I think of you more as a teacher and cheerleader and mentor, than a student. You are doing super !!

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TERJEGOLD 2/26/2010 6:03PM

    What a great benefit to being on an Extreme team. I am just beaming with pride at all you do on a daily basis. Keep it up because you are such an inspiration to people who toy with the idea of quitting or getting lazy. How could anyone do that when they are paired up with the likes of you! Incredible!

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Needing an Angel

Monday, February 08, 2010

I've kept the prayer going and it's now running a loop in my mind. Kind of like the background music to my daily thoughts...."Please, send an angel...Please, send an angel.....Thank you....."Please send an angel".... the hum keeps going.

Times are difficult for so many of us. Family and friends out of work, problems with children, difficulties with financial obligations, health issues, elderly parents,..and on and on and on.

Being hit over and over with trials and defeats can leave one's emotional and spiritual self bruised and battered. Escape....just wanting some form of relief from the fatigue of fighting the day to day grind...beckons. Does anyone out there hear, is anyone listening, does anyone even care?? What if I....

Then the prayer becomes louder, the plea more urgent....the voice more desperate. An angel....someone to step in....someone to bring hope...someone to just smile..someone to say, "Let me do that"...someone to say, "I thought of an idea and I think this might work"... someone to say " I know someone who needs your skills"...someone to say, "you're hired"..some one to say, "I love you,..... You're wonderful, ...You are amazing".

An angel has skin, a voice, a smile, a hand to offer. An angel is a baby, a child, a teenager, a young adult, an elderly neighbour. An angel lives next door, around the block, across town, in the next state, across the ocean. An angel can reach out by phone, an email, a text, a fax, a letter, a blog.

An angel brings a message, a light, a change of thought, a gift, a purpose..... to those with outstretched hands.

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HAPPY92003 2/15/2010 11:58AM

    Wow, that is beautiful! I pray we can be angels to those around us in whom we see a need also:-) Have a blessed day!

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    In expressing your need for an angel so beautifully you have become one, mine. Thanks for being here, for being real, for living and loving in this crazy world with the rest of us!

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DAS92687 2/8/2010 8:55PM

    Hoping you receive just exactly what you need most today emoticon

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    I have had angels in my life - real angels that I never saw but knew they were there and they kept me from harm.

One automobile accident that should have caused death and another averted when an angel carried me home with a flat tire.

Great blog!

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LYNNANN43 2/8/2010 10:46AM

    Beautiful blog, Mary. And so very true if we only open our eyes, hands & heart.

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KUBAMAMMA 2/8/2010 10:37AM

    Awesome blog! Sometomes we forget that Angels are all around us. Sometimetimes we just do not want to reach out and find them. And sometimes we just need to ask for a angel like you just did!
Thanks for the reminder!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 2/8/2010 10:28AM

    Many I'm here if you need me!
Beautiful blog, angels are all around us...if only we look
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TERJEGOLD 2/8/2010 9:58AM

    What a lovely blog post. Thank you!

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4ANEWME2DAY 2/8/2010 9:57AM

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You are not alone, I'm here for you.

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