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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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RHYNIC 2/8/2010 1:14PM


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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

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

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Finally, I Feel Like I'm Marathon Training!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

At last the snow has given way to rain, and the rain has washed the sidewalks clear and the streets show their asphalt. It has been a month since I saw conditions like this. It had been 17 December since I last ran outside!! Today at last, that streak is broken!!

I'm running the 2010 Virgin London (UK) Marathon on 24 April (my 7th marathon and 3rd London) and training started 2 weeks ago! Well, it started with me spending time at the gym, doing various cardio and ST, not running the hilly roads around my village.

With conditions like today, I HAD to get out, I had to once again feel the wind in my face, the chill through my jacket and thrill through my soul. I am an outside runner and I have missed it. The run was an easier paced 4 mile up and down route, but it was a wonderful cloud-filled morning with temps near high 30s.

I can now put my training log to use and begin crossing off the miles that will bring me to that starting line in England's capital city 14 weeks from today! I am sooooooooooooo excited..I'm finally marathon training!!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 2/7/2010 9:10AM

    I do like running on a dreadmill. I am a slow runner. I am starting to train for my first 10 k and I loved reading your blog for a good dose of inspiration!
Cant wait to hear about your training!

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FITNESSFOODIE 1/17/2010 8:20PM

    Your thrill and excitement comes through so clearly, lets hope the weather holds out for more training sessions like this one. Thanks for posting! emoticon

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DPHIEBARBIE 1/17/2010 4:18PM

    That's fantastic! Can't wait to hear more about your marathon training! Have fun!

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LYNNANN43 1/17/2010 4:08PM

    So glad you could return to running outside!!!


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DAS92687 1/17/2010 4:05PM

    That's great! It has warmed up here today, too :) emoticon

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RHYNIC 1/17/2010 1:04PM

    Wonderful!!! there is still snow on the ground here but the road is clear. I also had a wonderful run today. 12 miles at marathon pace. the shy is blue. temperature around -3C. Wind was light. It was a lovely lovely run. Just like yours. gail

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/17/2010 11:58AM

    So pleased for you Mary emoticon emoticon

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TERJEGOLD 1/17/2010 11:57AM

    You're FREE! Run, baby, run! I, too, love it when the weather clears up and people can return to the outdoors. Ahhh!

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Extreme and Amazed

Saturday, January 16, 2010

This is what I need, but not what I expected! What I had hoped for but didn't anticipate. Not only did I get on the BLC12 team BUT I got chosen for the Extreme Team!! WOW was all I could think and even uttered out loud as I read the news.

Being selected for this team has done a mind click for me. I've redone by page and profile pic to punch things uppa notch! I wanted to put my mind in a higher gear to match this new challenge.
I'm not the youngest or fittest but comparing myself to anyone else is NOT where my mind needs to be. Challenging myself to what I can become is where I am! That is what matters most.

Fellow teammates and sparkers let's all be extreme in our own particular, incredible, spectacular, beautifuly awesome way!

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DAS92687 1/16/2010 7:49PM

    Great attitude !! Love the updates on your page :)

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JACKLIN11 1/16/2010 6:51PM

    You are right on ! emoticon

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LYNNANN43 1/16/2010 6:00PM

    EXTREME, you ARE!!!!!


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TERJEGOLD 1/16/2010 5:41PM

    All you need to be is YOUR Extreme self. And, I"ve gotta say, you are definitely doing that!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/16/2010 4:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Mary

You are so right to only challenge yourself to be the best you can be and not compare yourself to anyone else.
I used to think I had to do more than someone else to be better- so not true- I challenge myself everyday to do the best I can do.
Continue to sparkle Mary you go girl!
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