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Are YOU REDie? Oh YEAH!!!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ready, set, go! Ready or not, here I come!!Ready, Aim, fire! Are you ready?????

Questions, exclamations, statements to illustrate a state of being. To be ready for something is to have taken the necessary steps to be at that point, anticipating that exact moment of action of moving forward into something.

I am REDie, I am anxious, my twitch muscles are ignited into action. No more just waiting and thinking and planning..it's ACTION time! I'm REDie, and I'm moving.

Plans have been made and I'm now lifting my foot forward going into an unknown but I trust my preparation, my plans, and am REDie to obtain my goals.

I am REDie to leave behind the 170s after finally leaving the 180s!
I am REDie to be accountable for my food by logging it consistently.
I am REDie to commit to my marathon training to see a PB in November.
I am REDie to get 7+ hours of sleep a night by turning off electronics and getting to bed.
I am REDie to complete my H&S qualifications by consistently working on the various modules.
I am REDie to build muscle and loose fat by doing ST regularly.
I am REDie to change my life, a day at a time!!

Yes, I am REDie! Bring it on

  
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JILLWILSON2102 9/21/2010 2:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Go for it Mary!!

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MISSJCISRUNNING 9/20/2010 5:51PM

    Awesome!!!!

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MZLADY77 9/20/2010 11:02AM

    You go girl!! Love your blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNNANN43 9/20/2010 10:05AM

    The REDiness is just OOZING from this blog!!!

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2BERUNNING 9/20/2010 7:49AM

    Awesome blog! I can feel the REDiness emoticon And I know you can do anything you put your mind to! emoticon

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10 weeks

Monday, September 13, 2010

I can now count the weeks until Philadelphia on just both my hands (or feet). The days and weeks are peeling away like the days off a calendar or the layers of an onion.
I'm literally putting one foot in front of the other and concentrating on the day I am waking up to.

My plan for the week takes me into the 40 mile per week bracket, all going to plan for the week. My marathon pace run creeps up to 6 miles and my long run goes to 15. This is a big step up from last week. But those miles and days are gone, and like I watch this morning's sunrise streak through the thin layer of clouds I focus on today; 5 miles.

Nutrition is sound, food is planned ahead and clean eating is the norm. Goals are set and the change of my weight is allowing me to feel smoother and lighter on my feet. I run with a purpose and that makes a difference.

  
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JILLWILSON2102 9/13/2010 2:47PM

    Yeah baby!!! emoticon

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ZORAHGAIL 9/13/2010 12:57PM

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MZLADY77 9/13/2010 11:43AM

   
Good plan! Also eating clean is way to go and more energy. emoticon

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ANNERBEES 9/13/2010 9:54AM

    I love how you plan it all but just focus on the day you are on!! You are amazing! emoticon Go Mary!!!!!! emoticon

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2BERUNNING 9/13/2010 9:14AM

    emoticon Mary! You are such an inspiration to me. Best of luck this coming week. emoticon

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TERJEGOLD 9/13/2010 9:09AM

    You make it look deceptively easy.

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LYNNANN43 9/13/2010 8:56AM

    10 weeks?! EEK!

I'm only running the 8K, but I really gotta start running longer distances consistently now!
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Best of luck with the training, Oh Guru Mary!
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FITAT50 9/13/2010 8:23AM

    Sounds like you have all your ducks (er, toes) in a row.

You inspire me to get my butt back out there and start running again!

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SWEETPEA0214 9/13/2010 8:08AM

    Oh the places your feet can take you!!! You are amazing.!

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TINYBUNCHES 9/13/2010 6:47AM

    Sounds like you have it together! Keep it up!

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Beyond Base Camp

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A couple of blogs ago I named my mountain. I also made the anology of climbing a mountain to preparing for running my next marathon...PHILADELPHIA.
In 11 short weeks my hubby and I will arrive in the marathon city of brotherly love and the race expo.
I have moved beyond the first portion of my training...I reached "base camp" after running my 10K on 22August. This completed the first 4 weeks of training and in those weeks I ran a total of 89.47 miles to get to base camp. Just as a mountain climber uses a basecamp to regroup, plan, and continue the journey so I have done the same.
I'm now in my second portion...5 weeks to take me to my next camp. The distance gets further, the runs longer and the commitment more intense. The miles increase by about 100 miles! There is another 10K race the week before I reach camp 2. I can do this! I can reach the next level!! I've got my plan and map...onward and upward!

  
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THOMS1 9/11/2010 12:31PM

    Lookin good Mary! emoticon emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 9/8/2010 9:46PM

    Way to go Mary!! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/8/2010 9:20PM

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Yes you can!

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TERJEGOLD 9/8/2010 6:31PM

    I love how analytical and methodical you are with your training. Wonderful stuff!

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RDCAGAIN 9/8/2010 6:21PM

  Wow! You can do it! Wish I was there with you.

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A Beautiful Day! My Ghostie Run: Leg 19!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I couldn’t help but feel the adrenaline rush kick in about an hour before my scheduled time to start! The tell tale signs were my stomach churning, my heart racing a bit and the urgency to get all kitted up and be ready when my start time approached.
With Ghostie in place on the pull tab of my jacket, music cued, bib pinned to my shirt and Garmin set I left at 8:01 GMT. You know you are in for an amazing event when you turn the corner and a rainbow greets you to the tune of U2s, “It’s A Beautiful Day!!”
I no sooner snapped a photo then the rain arrived. No turning back for a hat, I just kept going even through I knew I WOULD get more rain soaked! The first mile was along the main road and I looked forward to half mile further where I turn onto a side tree lined dirt track. Side stepping the puddles and rocks I pressed onward through my favourite part; the short downhill twisty bit. By now I had hit 2 miles and breathing was good and the rain was easing with a slight hint of sunshine.
Shortly ahead the track met back up with the main road and a quick left to the next side road just 200 yards ahead. This rural road took me to the half way point of the 5.89 miles and the sun continued shining. Just as I approached the long slow drag of my first uphill the song my “real” runner Maria had suggested for my playlist kicked on, “Hard” and it fit that moment. I thought of her out there on her uphill run and hoped I could mentally push her onward.
Mile 4 arrived and the uphill was steeper. Thinking of the crest soon to appear I just pushed to the top and the view of my village on the further hill. Just a few cyclists passed by quickly unaware that I was not just an ordinary runner; I was a Hood To Coast GHOST runner with a little over a mile remaining.
The houses are lovely along this country lane and I always enjoy taking in the view of their gardens. With today’s rain they were lush green and bursting with colourful flowers. I ignored the overhanging vines of blackberry bushes along the road and kept focused on the last 1.5 miles.
At approximately the mile to go mark I saw them….my cheering squad, my lovely country style cheerleaders!! Ok.. no pom poms in their hands or megaphones, but they did their best to acknowledge me by cheering me on with their “cow Like” eyes!!
I was now shifting gears; I left this country lane and returned to the main road I had started on and retraced my steps UP the steep hill to my little village. Keeping my stride as even as I could I did a bit of side-step chi running . I again thought of Maria and her final steps as I climbed higher, passed the village Post Office, then the turn passed the little library, passed the row of houses to my finish line.
I stopped my watch at 1:17:02 for 5.89 miles. I am sure Maria had caught her breath by the time I arrived. I felt so good doing this and being a part of something greater with all of the other Ghosts and Coast runners! Well done to everyone! Simply Amazing!!
(Just an aside, as this was part of my marathon training run, I needed to run a full 8 miles. So after logging in my time, I continued up and around my area to complete my training run!)

  
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ANNERBEES 9/3/2010 10:07PM

    Mary this was awesome!! I love how you post the pics along the way so we can feel like we are there with you!! I especially love your country 'cheerleaders'!! LOL I LOVE cows!! What a great blog and you continue to inspire me!! emoticon emoticon

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TERJEGOLD 9/2/2010 8:21PM

    Oh I LOVE this post. I wanna be a Ghostie too! Perhaps next year if I decide to do my 3-Day in a different city (different weekend). Your protos are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing. I love that the two of you were so connected during the rtough parts of the route. Amazing!

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GLOBE_TREKKER 8/31/2010 4:15AM

    Mary! Thanks for blogging about your ghost run with me at leg 19. Funny thing is a guy was hurting during the last mile so we helped each other get to the top of the hill...so basically it was like you knew I needed the push and sent someone out to help me (like a true ghosty). I listened to your songs and running my last mile or so up that hill kinda was a b*tch but I LOVED running at midnight, in the backroads and with tall trees lining the road with the moon lighting up the night. More details will be posted soon. THANK YOU for being 1 of 2 awesome ghosts. You and Christy were great company!!! The spark you have within you helped light my running path during leg 19 :)

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ZORAHGAIL 8/29/2010 10:03PM

    Great blog! Thanks so much for ghosting & sharing your run w/ us.

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JACKLIN11 8/29/2010 9:37AM

    Mary I loved this blog with all the pictures I felt like was was on the run with you!

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TAMTAM64 8/28/2010 10:41PM

    Nice blog! Love the pictures!

A fellow ghostie,
Tammy

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IPA-RAY 8/28/2010 10:15PM

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Another happy Ghost!
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JOPAPGH 8/28/2010 10:10PM

    Great blog. It was fun sharing ghostie time with you!

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LYNNANN43 8/28/2010 6:18PM

    I felt like I was there with you, Mary!

What amazing pics!!!

What an emoticon thing to be part of such a wonderful thing:D

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P.S. I am now going to go and make my ghostie a zipper pull! I never even thought of that!!!

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2BERUNNING 8/28/2010 6:11PM

    That is such a wonderful blog! I am so thrilled you got to be ghostie. Love the photos too.

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/28/2010 4:22PM

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Thanks for taking us all on your run. Amazing job and love the photos!!

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CASSIOEPIA 8/28/2010 3:16PM

    Very nice, and I agree - it is totally an amazing experience. Kate had such a great idea.

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4 Years of Sparkin'

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Today marks my 4 Year Spark Anniversary! emoticon

I found SP through a post on a running site and was curious. I wanted to have support, information, guidance, encouragement, accountability and motivation to not just keep my running going, but help with the nutrition of it as well as drop some weight.

I have found all of that and more on this site. It took me a month or two to get the hang of things, but I worked through the guidance provided and now am continually amazed at the high level of the information available. (The picture I chose is the icon for the very first team I joined)

My life has changed over these four years by becoming healthier, more active, more dedicated to squeezing every bit of life I can get out of a day! I am constantly learning from all the great blogs, posts, personal experiences found here.

My 20 lb weight loss might not be as impressive as some on here who have lost hundreds of pounds, but to me it is monumental. I have been given so many tools to use and it's up to me to pick them up and like a sculpturer, chisel away and shape my life.

I'm celebrating today! I'm rejoicing today in who I am and what I've learned. I am thankful to all those at Sparkpeople for this site and their dedication. I am thankful to each and every person who has crossed my life's path here; for those who have left messages and part of themselves,and to those who have just stopped by and read my posts, blogs, or looked at my photo gallery. Together we make a WE, and WE are a powerful force!
It's a very Happy 4th!
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DRB13_1 9/27/2010 1:45AM

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Your blog points out that this is an lifestyle site, and a tribute to Chris Downie's original desire to help people everywhere live fulfilled, productive, healthy lives.
So happy you shared your success with us! emoticon

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RANDOM00B 9/6/2010 3:22PM

    Congratulations!!

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ANNERBEES 9/3/2010 10:13PM

    Congrats on your 4 year anniversary!! You are such an inspiration to a lot of people!! I have not even been on here a year and I am so glad we have crossed paths because you are a great motivator to me!! emoticon emoticon

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SHAPNUP 9/1/2010 8:18AM

    When I first saw the title of this blog, I thought it said "4 Years of Spankin!" emoticon

I celebrate with you. Congratulations!

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EDWARDS1411 8/31/2010 7:50PM

    What a wonderful attitude you have!! Big Congrats on celebrating four years with SP - WooHoo!!!
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QUEENBME2 8/30/2010 11:48AM

    congrats

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TRINITYROYAL 8/30/2010 6:14AM

    Congratulations on your success!

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CTTAGENT 8/30/2010 12:43AM

    Congratulations on 4 years on this site! I have only been on the site about 4 months, but have found lots of information and support, such as you mentioned.

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ECHOBLUE1 8/29/2010 9:15PM

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BGOOCH56 8/29/2010 8:47PM

    staying connected says a lot. congrats on your success.

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NANCITA10 8/29/2010 4:45PM

    emoticon Great attitude!! I love it!! Keep up the good work!! Happy 4th Anniversary!! emoticon

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AKSTACEY70 8/29/2010 1:43PM

    I love that icon picture.
Thanks for sharing your story. What a great inspiration you are.

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NOTGIVINGUP49 8/28/2010 7:40PM

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I also was struck by your motivational statement: I have been given so many tools to use and it's up to me to pick them up and like a sculpturer, chisel away and shape my life.

I am going to add it to my team's motivation quotes (will give author's rights) LOL Thanks for the motivation and inspiration!

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2RICKIE 8/28/2010 4:47PM

    Yes, your Sparkaversary is inspiration for all of us!

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JIBBIE49 8/28/2010 3:04PM

    emoticonI bet there isn't but a few left who joined the week you did back four years ago. I find it sad that SO many people quit. Glad you didn't!!! emoticon

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KARRYB1 8/28/2010 2:14PM

    Every weight loss achievement is worth celebrating!
Congratulations on your success! emoticon

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GOODHEALTH4EVER 8/28/2010 2:13PM

    emoticon emoticon HAPPY SPARKVERSARY emoticon

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MCJULIEO 8/28/2010 10:39AM

    Great going!
Happy Spark Anniversary!

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KARENE10 8/28/2010 10:02AM

    emoticon Happy Sparkiversary!!!!!!!! I really liked your blog:) Congrats on your weight loss!

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HONEYBUNCH24 8/28/2010 9:40AM

    emoticon Happy 4th Year Anniversary!!!



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ELSEEBEE 8/28/2010 8:02AM

    emoticon on your Sparkiversary! You are so right about this community's positive influence.

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RIPPEDPAUL1 8/28/2010 7:25AM

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SLIMMER58 8/28/2010 6:39AM

  Happy anniversary! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYNINJOY1 8/28/2010 6:07AM

    Happy Spark versary!

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MARDGY 8/27/2010 11:59PM

    Happy Anniversary!!!! Thanks for taking the time to share this bit of news. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RHYNIC 8/26/2010 7:47PM

    happy anniversay Mary. :-)

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AQUAPOWERS 8/25/2010 8:49PM

    Great blog. Congrats and Happy Sparkaversary!

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HPLANDER 8/25/2010 11:22AM

    Congratulations of your sparkaversery. That is great. You have done a wonderful job.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/25/2010 10:27AM

    20 lbs is awesome!

Happy 4th Year Sparkiversary!!

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ISLANDGIRL2013 8/25/2010 10:04AM

    Happy Sparkaversary!

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LYNNANN43 8/25/2010 9:18AM

    Happy emoticon

As I've told you before, and I will tell you again..

You are my running HERO!!!! emoticon

And have now become a very dear SparkFriend that I can't wait to meet in November!
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COLBERGL 8/25/2010 8:53AM

    I am a newbie, and am amazed at what a great group of individuals I have come in contact on the SP web site. It is the best emoticon

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BILL60 8/25/2010 8:08AM

    Congratulations!! Let's go for "5".

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SCRIPTDUCK 8/25/2010 8:03AM

    Dear Mary: thank you so much for sharing your huge triumph with me. your pictrues are fantastic!
luv from a new sparkler who needs a bit of encouragement today.
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ps: my planned fitness today is a l-o-n-g walk to the hospital where my mom was admitted yesterday with a heart attack. i cancelled my gym class, but thanks to spark people, i found a good substitute [the walk].this place is magic!

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