HILLRUNNER   100,680
100,000 or more SparkPoints
HILLRUNNER's Recent Blog Entries

9 weeks

Monday, September 20, 2010

I'm already counting down on single digits to Philadelphia!
I find that so hard to beleive!
Last week was my first venture into the 40mpw range. It was good and I even pushed myself on the 15 mile long run Saturday. Needed to be back by a certain time so an early 6am out and I kept to plan. 3:33:14 and that includes some major hills!
Now I press onward this week to keep to training and Sunday will be another 10K race. My attitude towards this is better than the other one last month.
I am seeing gradual impovements in distance, time, and endurance. I'll put some of that to my training, but also to the current weight loss.

This week will melt away and I will be left with records of my adherence to training both on the road and at my fuel table. I eat to perform well! I perform well to test myself. I test myself to see what I am made of!! I feel good about that!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JILLWILSON2102 9/21/2010 2:52PM

    Mary you are an amazing woman. I hear you roar all the way from here. Phillie is almost here! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHARLIE215 9/20/2010 7:22PM

    Good luck Mary :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNERBEES 9/20/2010 5:54PM

    emoticon Go Mary!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon You are truly amazing!!!!!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUGSMOM211 9/20/2010 12:15PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZORAHGAIL 9/20/2010 11:17AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNNANN43 9/20/2010 9:55AM

    9 weeks?! Eeeeek!!!!

I pray my back can hold up for the Pittsburgh 5K Great Race this Sunday and that I can continue to train for the 8K distance.

Best of luck to you! emoticon
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
2BERUNNING 9/20/2010 9:37AM


Report Inappropriate Comment

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

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JILLWILSON2102 9/21/2010 2:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Go for it Mary!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Report Inappropriate Comment
MZLADY77 9/20/2010 11:02AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNNANN43 9/20/2010 10:05AM

    The REDiness is just OOZING from this blog!!!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment

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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JILLWILSON2102 9/13/2010 2:47PM

    Yeah baby!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZORAHGAIL 9/13/2010 12:57PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MZLADY77 9/13/2010 11:43AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
2BERUNNING 9/13/2010 9:14AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERJEGOLD 9/13/2010 9:09AM

    You make it look deceptively easy.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!
emoticon (me)

Best of luck with the training, Oh Guru Mary!
emoticon (you)

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SWEETPEA0214 9/13/2010 8:08AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
TINYBUNCHES 9/13/2010 6:47AM

    Sounds like you have it together! Keep it up!

Report Inappropriate Comment

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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

THOMS1 9/11/2010 12:31PM

    Lookin good Mary! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JILLWILSON2102 9/8/2010 9:46PM

    Way to go Mary!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Yes you can!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERJEGOLD 9/8/2010 6:31PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
RDCAGAIN 9/8/2010 6:21PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment

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!)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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 :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZORAHGAIL 8/29/2010 10:03PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAMTAM64 8/28/2010 10:41PM

    Nice blog! Love the pictures!

A fellow ghostie,

Report Inappropriate Comment
IPA-RAY 8/28/2010 10:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Another happy Ghost!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOPAPGH 8/28/2010 10:10PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

emoticon emoticon

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

Comment edited on: 8/28/2010 6:24:41 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTH4LYFE 8/28/2010 4:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
CASSIOEPIA 8/28/2010 3:16PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 Last Page