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SEVEN

Sunday, April 18, 2010


A week. Just seven days and memories will envelope me.
Memories of rising before the spring sun, of pre-marathon race morning routines. Walking with kit bag over my shoulder the mile to the start areas.
Waiting, preparing, last line up at porto-loo, walking to my assigned pen, alone with my thoughts, my plans, my ambitions, my focus.
I can see the start in my mind's eye, and feel the wrenching in my stomach of the adrenalin pumping.

So I bring myself back to today. To the Sunday before the Sunday and I am pleased I did that marathon paced 10 mile run on day 9. It felt good and I tested myself. Yesterday's run was to recover and it was tiring, but afresh this morning I was out again for a focused four...and felt strong.

The race is not just on the road, but in my mind....and it is good to have memories to return to....so throughout this week before, I know I will return in my mind to Blackheath and the Blue Start, and 2 previous London's and feel again that rush, that power, that emotion, that enthusiasm, that pride. I have the honor to run London again...and for those of you who have wished me well, who are reading this., a HUGE THANK YOU for ALL your kind words, your prayers, your shout outs, your confidence. It means so much to me. I will run with your words in my mind's ear and together we will answer the call of LONDON!

  
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_THEA_ 4/20/2010 9:43AM

    Mary,
You are truly an inspiration! I admire all of you "runners" out there ;-)

Best of luck to you next week! You are going to do great!

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RHYNIC 4/19/2010 6:44PM

    your time is near. running on the london bridge will be awesome. thank goodness you are going by train. my friend is stranded in Paris. What a dreamy place to be stranded in. :-)

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LYNNANN43 4/18/2010 3:38PM

    Mary- You're still my running HERO!!!

Just one more week?! I'll be thinking of you all week!

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JACKLIN11 4/18/2010 3:04PM

    You rock! Know this : You are prepared, you are strong, healthy, and you know where you have to go in your own mind to have a smashing good race. Enjoy and have a brew afterward for me ,as I will for you, after I finish my half next sunday emoticon I still think at some point, as I progress, we should do a run together. Now that would be goooood crack!

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MICHELLE1083 4/18/2010 1:46PM

    Mary you are amazing! I will think of you on Sunday! Good luck!

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TERJEGOLD 4/18/2010 11:24AM

    Your blogs are so well written and bring me to a place of such mindfulness. You are such a gift to me.

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NINE

Friday, April 16, 2010


Yep, down to single digit numbers now as the count down to London continues.

My nerves are kicking in. My hubby is already getting things together to pack.
We leave in 6 days.
I have my last pace run to do today which I delayed from yesterday. Can't put it off I have to get out there!
The doubts want to creep in, to replay all the aches and pains and cramps and blisters and heat and rain and cold and negative moments from past marathons/races.
I let the doubts and anxiety wash over me.. and then I HAVE to let them wash away. To linger too long with the thoughts is self defeating, self bashing, self destroying.
Positive, strong, determined, capable, persistent....those are the type of words that I put into my mind...that is the type of fuel my body needs as well as the healthy edible kind.
I ask myself, what am I doing today to be the strong athlete that is taking on another marathon?
The rest of day nine will show that.

  
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JACKLIN11 4/18/2010 2:57PM

    Mary , Just keep thinking about that shinny medal that you are going to get at the end. I think that I could very easily become addicted to race bling! YOu are going to be great, take a deep breath and enjoy the run.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/16/2010 7:22PM

    You can do it!

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RHYNIC 4/16/2010 11:29AM

    it's very close. Nerves, like you are already know are normal. Hang in there!!!

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JILLWILSON2102 4/16/2010 10:46AM

    Mary, focusing your intentions on the positive is a good thing and one you are good at. Good luck on the run and God bless!! emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 4/16/2010 9:49AM

    I agree with Terje, run your own race and the rest will fall into place! Your only competition is YOU!

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LYNNANN43 4/16/2010 9:43AM

    As I've tried to explain to my husband many time, anxiety doesn't have to make sense. In fact, it usually doesn't!

I know you're having great anxiety right now, but we all (and I'm sure you too) know that emoticon

I'm so proud of you already!

Best of luck to you!!!!
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TERJEGOLD 4/16/2010 9:30AM

    Excellent! You will do EXTREMELY WELL! No doubt about it. Just run your own race and everything will fall into place. Your training has been impeccable.

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SHEILAHOPE 4/16/2010 9:01AM

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LAXMOM167 4/16/2010 7:14AM

    You will shine in London!!! You inspire so many with your dedication to running. That is positive energy not the negative stuff!! Good Luck and safe travel emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Months to weeks......weeks to days...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Like a clock ticking, so have these months flown by!

It was in October that I found out that I got a place in the London Marathon through my running club.
I formulated my running calendar and put an x on the start day in January when my training would begin.
Then the snow, cold, icy winter conditions held fast for over 2 weeks and put my training back a little.
I signed up for the Half Marathon that would be my bench mark...The Liverpool Half.
I've put down more than 400 miles in training, I've iced, I've stretched, I've cross trained.
I've watched the food intake and have even been able to loose some weight while training.

With all of that, it now has come down to a dozen days left until I take my place at the start at Greenwich and run towards the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Just under 2 weeks when I will walk with my hubby passed the massive Red Start area to his well deserved good- for- age start within the Green Start and then continue onward alone into the larger Blue Start. The wheelchairs and elite women will leave from there and a half hour later, the elite men and the rest of us will fill the streets like a flowing ribbon ebbing and rippling onward, streaming forward over Tower Bridge, along the Embankment, passed Big Ben, until we empty through the yellow gates beyond Birdcage Walk.

I'm spending these last days doing my final preparation. Just one double digit run left this week....the rest single 'till we depart on 22 April.

Yes it's come down to this....and with the spirit of a Road Warrior....I'll be ready!

  
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JACKLIN11 4/18/2010 2:53PM

    I love it mary! Hey I have a question , Are those your shoes and do you lace them that way and if so why?

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SHEILAHOPE 4/14/2010 9:26AM

    Go, Mary! Go, Mary! emoticon emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 4/13/2010 10:41PM

    I know you will do AWESOME! I recall you hearing about the placement, and now it is almost time! So very exciting!

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RHYNIC 4/13/2010 3:23PM

    how exciting!!! totally exciting!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/13/2010 2:14PM

    Awesome!
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TERJEGOLD 4/13/2010 11:48AM

    Amazing!

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Half Marathon Warrior Words

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Reminding myself what I already know and what I am about!!(These words are on my spark page and I just needed to re-read them today and put on my road warrior mentality!....Liverpool Half in the morning!!)

I am thankful for each day that I am given. For each opportunity to begin anew and let today be the day to focus on. Life is too short, but it should be long enough. Long enough to do the things that are important in a life.

I am of the mindset that life isn't about sitting back on the sidelines and watching a sort of "life-parade" go by and cheer those out there "doing it"! NO NO NO!!! It's about being the parade, the band, the enthuisiam, the tickertape, the cheers, the whole thing. It's about not only the events, but the atmosphere around those events. Of not just seeing life, but tasting, smelling, diving into it. Rubbing it all over like a salt rub and then then letting out a primevil type utterance.. YEAHHHHHH!!! That's what I'm talking about..extreme.. extreme... grabbing what you can with both hands and not letting go even if you end up being dragged a bit, just hang on and never ever quit!!

  
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RHYNIC 4/2/2010 8:06AM

    hang in there never quit. There is a part of me that shares that exact same love and passion for life as you have described, but there is also a part of me who is happy with standing in the shadow. Right now I feel my life is out of balance. I know where I want to go, and I know the steps that will take me there, but still I can't get it to fall into place. I have decided to put racing aside right now and only run for fitness. I have decided to look at cycling a little more seriously. I hopefully will ride with a group every monday this coming summer and I have to step it up if I expect to keep up. The song playing right now is 'the dream never dies'. the dream never dies, so come on everybody come along! how fitting.

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SHEILAHOPE 3/28/2010 12:00PM

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LOPEYP 3/28/2010 5:36AM

    Great blog!

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TERJEGOLD 3/27/2010 3:22PM

    Great!

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OBXFIREGUY 3/27/2010 12:47PM

    Pass the weak and hurdle the dead? You go!

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Liverpool Awaits

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

With all my focus on London in 4 1/2 weeks I've just about skipped over the fact that I have a half marathon in Liverpool on Sunday!!!
This will be a bit of a testing ground for me. I've not raced a half in 2 years and when I did I was told by my physio to RUN it, not race. I was recovering from a hamstring injury and didn't want to do further damage.

This year the hamstring is fine, the training has been going well and yet in the back of my mind is not to cause an injury for London. I will do my best, enjoy the course and soak in the finish miles where the course goes through the Liverpool docks along the River Mersey.

Then when this race is finished, I will look further through the week to my 20 miler and then the taper down to London. It is all falling into place and I'm keeping optomistic! The red shoelaces have arrived and I'm excited!

  
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DEBBIE1414 3/26/2010 4:12PM

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BUFFEDSTUFF_ 3/24/2010 10:11PM

    Enjoy the experience, you will do just fine, I will be praying for you and cheering you on. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/24/2010 8:09PM

    I can hear the excitement in your words!

You can do it!

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TERJEGOLD 3/24/2010 10:50AM

    It's going to be a fantastic month of races and training for you.

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LYNNANN43 3/24/2010 10:50AM

    I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!

You go out there and be EXTREME:D

Let us know how it goes!!!

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JILLWILSON2102 3/24/2010 10:25AM

    Mary, you know you can, you know you can! Have a wonderful run and take care of you!! emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 3/24/2010 8:18AM

    Good luck to you!!! Let us know how it goes!!! emoticon

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