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8 Weeks

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm a little late on the counting this week. Actually, it's now less than eight. Seven weeks tomorrow hubby and I leave to Philadelphia!

I'm starting to see a real improvement in my training. My times are dropping, my endurance is improving, and I'm finding my clothes looser!!
I am now almost 2 months into my training and the half way mark. I have kept detailed records, both paper and from my Garmin in the computer. I compare previous runs and see what changes I can make. I plan each day as an individual block of time, but part of the whole in the training program. For each day builds on the one before, each week leads to the next, and each month gets me closer to marathon #8.

I'm really pleased that this past week I ran another 10K, AND did a personal best. FINALLY I broke the 70 minute mark. Finally I ran three 10 minute miles! I've never done that before. I also did a speed session yesterday where I ran UNDER 10 min mile!! 9.54!! Where did THAT come from!!??? It came from weeks, and months, and years of determination to see improvement, to put the time and investment into myself.
I will reach my "virtual "Basecamp #2" on Sunday and that is a fantastic achievement! I will then be preparing for the most intense and demanding stage of my marathon training, the assault towards the summit with it's longest runs awaiting. But that is another blog.....for now, I put one foot infront of the other, and go just one more mile.

  
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ECHOBLUE1 10/2/2010 2:22PM

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LADY_KATHY 10/2/2010 10:43AM

    Have a great trip and best wishes. : )

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PAGONA 9/30/2010 12:14AM

    that is the best feeling to get under a 10 minute mile, Good for you.

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TERJEGOLD 9/29/2010 10:24PM

    You are so incredibly focused and consistant. What a great example.

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RUNNER_4_LIFE 9/29/2010 8:17PM

    You are very inspiring, I would definitely like to be in your shoes one day! Keep up the awesome work!

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LYNNANN43 9/29/2010 6:07PM

    You are my running hero, Mary!!!!!

I printed out Hal Higdon's 10K Training program yesterday. It's a 8 week program, but at the end of 7 is 5.5 miles, so here I come Philly 8K!!!!!

Best of luck with your training!!!!!

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2BERUNNING 9/29/2010 5:16PM

    You are amazing! Keep up the great training.

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ZOOM ZOOM...REVd up and ZOOMING!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

emoticonAnother great challenge on the CAMO Crew BLC14!
Now that I'm REDie I'm REVd up as well.
I'm zooming, not sitting still, not waiting for things to happen but going out and making them happen.

I've been training hard, eating clean and smart, (95% of the time) and setting goals that are being reached. It's not always this way for me. There are times of frustration, of disappointment, of questioning if what I am striving for is really worth it.

But somewhere from the depths of my mind comes that answer I know all too well, "What is the alternative? What other option do you have? What kind of life do you really want for yourself?" Then I answer those questions by choosing to eat the foods I know will keep me on the track to a healthy life style. I lace up my shoes and head out side for a training run even if it is raining or mid afternoon.

Being Revd up is not sitting and watching my life ebb past like some type of movie, it's jumping into the picture with both feet and taking part. Of getting out there and pushing myself that much harder, that much further, that much faster to see what I am capable of.
It's running a 10K race, like I did today and pushing until I crossed the finish line. It's setting goals and running with all the endurance my training has provided, with all the speed I can find, with positive self talk in my mind and assurance in my spirit and soul to get me though and past the achy bits, the bad patches, into the finishing stretch where the clock is left frozen in my mind with a time I have never finished a 10K in! A personal best today...now THAT is being REVed up!! THAT is being extreme.. and THAT feeling I am savouring and rerunning in my mind, over and over and over and over...and...

  
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TERJEGOLD 9/29/2010 12:22PM

    Woo Hoo! Great blog...as usual.

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MZLADY77 9/28/2010 11:00PM

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JILLWILSON2102 9/27/2010 11:57AM

    Mary - emoticon You are so beautiful and when you smile you are glowing! emoticon

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KEMPER67 9/27/2010 10:40AM

    Congratulations Mary...you're such an inspiration to me!
~Kim

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FITMACHINE32 9/26/2010 7:03PM

    Yay! Good for you! That's awesome! emoticon

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PAGONA 9/26/2010 1:30PM

    way to go on your 10K, I love reading your blogs

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BUGSMOM211 9/26/2010 12:35PM

    emoticon on your new PR!

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2BERUNNING 9/26/2010 11:12AM

    Congrats on your PB! You are so Extreme!!! Glad you enjoyed your race today and thanks for sharing pictures, you look wonderful!

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ANGELOO29 9/26/2010 10:55AM

    Congratulations!

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DAWNDMOORE40 9/26/2010 10:46AM

    emoticonon making it across the finish line when you did your 10K run! That is amazing! I have been training myself to be able to run long distances. I love how it makes you feel like you are flying! Keep up the emoticonmotivation that you have within yourself! I think you are definitely on the right track to achieving whatever goals you set for yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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!

  
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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

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CHARLIE215 9/20/2010 7:22PM

    Good luck Mary :)

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ANNERBEES 9/20/2010 5:54PM

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

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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
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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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MZLADY77 9/13/2010 11:43AM

   
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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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