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Sunday, October 17, 2010

High Five! Give me 5! I can now count the weeks until Philadelphia on one hand or foot!! 35 days! With my half marathon behind me I now have a clear view and focus of what lies ahead. Preparation has been a vital aspect of my training and being able to do what I have done. Just as I was prepared for today's race I am working at being prepared to take to the start line in 5 weeks.

My running miles this week were just over 41 mpw. The half marathon was more difficult than I expected. The hills were longer and non stop and I kept thinking that what goes up must go down, at some point. Thankfully I had some marvelous downhills and felt as if I was flying! My training is paying off and I'm pleased with the results.

There is no let up for me this coming week. The miles go up in amount to the higher 40mpw and I will take on an 18 mile long run! The summit of my mountain is just 2 weeks away! I put my head down this week and just get on with it.

It's now just doing the miles, getting out there, not making excuses. I keep in mind that to have the results I want 35 days from now, I need to do the preparation each day. So I lace up, get out the door and become one with my training and escape into the miles.

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JLWOF1 10/18/2010 6:57AM

    Excellent job! You can do it! Good luck in Philly!

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ALLDAY 10/18/2010 6:42AM

    emoticonGreat job on the half buddy Mary! Those tough hills on the course were there to help you train even harder and better for Philly! emoticon 5 weeks is so close! Just keep lacing up and heading out!

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FLGIRL_4EVER 10/17/2010 10:03PM

    Great job today on the half again. I am so excited for you and only 5 weeks! I love following along with you. Can't wait till that day I can say I did a marathon too :) You are going to do wonderful!

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LYNNANN43 10/17/2010 8:20PM

    You breezed right over the HM today! I wanted to hear all about it:D

5 weeks, huh?! We booked our Philly hotel room this week. (Thank you, baby sis, for working for Hampton Inn and getting us a $29 room rate!)

I'm hoping we can make some concrete plans to meet up soon! I would never be able to forgive myself if we were in the same city and I didn't get to meet you in person!!!!!!!

Hopefully, my stupid cough will stop soon, so I can go back to training. Wish me luck!


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LAGREBE 10/17/2010 8:10PM

    Way to Go! emoticon

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Six Weeks

Monday, October 11, 2010

Six weeks, just half a dozen weeks, and my mind does a mental flip! Oh my!! There goes my stomach now. Yes, just 42 days! Geezeee! Ok, I accept those feelings and now I move past them. It's not marathon morning yet, so no need to get the adrenlian racing though my blood and mind just yet. So calming down, and refocusing on this week.

Last week the miles dipped and this week they will be about the same; near 40mpw. I top the week off with a half marathon race. This will be a new location for a half so don't know what to expect other than a bit of an uphill closer to the end. I'm no stranger to hills and I have no choice but every day to experience the undilating roads of my area. I have a longer marathon paced run on Thursday and aim at doing what I need.

I feel the training is going well. Oh there are days when I have to not even let my mental voice start complaining, to just sushhhh it and just roboticly put my running gear, shoes and watch on and get out the door. Once there, I just let my mind relax with the run before me and enjoy the time that is mine. This is my alone time, my time to let my mind wander as I put foot to mile until I reach my planned distance.
I'm watching the need for more sleep and keeping close tabs on the nutrition. With some very high mile weeks approaching these points will be a concern. Today I look down the road to my half and do what I need to prepare well for it.

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BUFFEDSTUFF-- 10/11/2010 7:35PM

  Mary, I just finish my first half and my second half is only a few months away. So wish me well, as I wish you the best as you race toward your goal. emoticon

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PAGONA 10/11/2010 10:18AM

    I'm right with with you, but mine is a 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, I leave on Friday with all my friends to enjoy this.

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RHYNIC 10/11/2010 9:03AM

    well buddy, I am thinking of getting my body ready for another marathon. I don't know which one, most likely I will run one next July near my home. I want to work on speed and endurance. Once I get my distance up, and I am able to run that distance at marathon pace...I will consider running another one. I have a lot of work ahead of me! both fitness and nutrition. And it has to start with a 10 pound weight loss!

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Arriving at Base Camp 2

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I've now made it to my virtual 2nd " base camp" in my journey up my mountain I've named Philadelphia. (check back in my previous blogs to get the start of this story) The path from base camp 1 to this camp took 5 weeks and covered 175.85 miles.
During this time I ran the second of my 10K races where I was thrilled to set a new PB! I'm using this second base camp as a respite to regroup my thoughts, look over my training plan, formulate any nutrition adjustments, and prepare for what lies ahead!

From my vantage point of BC2 I can look at the next four weeks...the most difficult and time consuming portion of my journey to Philadelphia. Awaiting me is a half marathon on the 17th, and then the 18 miler the following week and the 20 miler for my summit week! That week will be my highest mpw total: 52 miles! The distance to travel in these next FOUR weeks is just about identical to what I did in these previous FIVE!

I look onward and upward, toward the summit and know I will reach it; one day at at time, one mile at a time, one dedicated foot strike at a time.

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RHYNIC 10/8/2010 8:47AM

    isnt' mountain climbing great. Soon I am going to sit down and work out a plan. One of these days I am going to climb my own mountain...and I want to be in mountain climbing shape when I take on the challenge. gail

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RUNNER_4_LIFE 10/6/2010 10:03PM

    Wow is all I can say! You are doing just fantastic, I can't wait to watch you achieve your goals. Just know we are all at the base of the mountain cheering you on!

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TERJEGOLD 10/6/2010 10:01PM

    Training is such an all-consuming event in one's life. I am amazed when people actually take the time to do it right. WOW!!!

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PAGONA 10/6/2010 8:00PM

    your amazing I know what every your put out there to do you will do great

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ANNERBEES 10/6/2010 6:28PM

    You are one amazing woman!! Your runs are so inspiring and the way that you present them is awesome! You're writings on this whole journey are so fascinating to read too!! Wishing you well as you continue on one amazing journey!! emoticon emoticon

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LYNNANN43 10/6/2010 3:57PM

    GORGEOUS pics from your Base Camp! emoticon

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FLGIRL_4EVER 10/6/2010 1:26PM

    You are so amazing. I love your base camps :o) What a great idea! The view is breath taking too. So proud of you and I know you will do amazing! emoticon

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7 Weeks

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Once again it's check in time! Seven weeks till Philadelphia! When I think about it in terms of days....49, my stomach wrenches!! I'm now under 50 days left.

I look at my progress and I am encouraged. I've been putting down the miles, the hours, the nutrition and I'm seeing a steady improvement. I shuffled my long run day around to be able to get out and finish the week in the mid 40mpw. I had to shorten Sunday's run due to time restraints, but I got out anyway.

There are aches and soreness and I attend to those as they arrive. Rest is important to me as well as the miles. I'm heading into the most time consuming part of my training. This week is a buffer for me, a dip in overall mile totals, just under 40 miles. This is to prepare me for next weeks half marathon and then the longest long runs of my training. I'll reflect on that in my next blog.

So today I am again keeping to the one day at a time mantra. Focus on what I need to do THIS day and not go off into the next week, next month and seven weeks from now!

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TERJEGOLD 10/6/2010 10:11AM

    Your training has been so structured and thought out that I have all the confidence in the world that you will do great!

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MZLADY77 10/5/2010 9:05PM

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RUNNER_4_LIFE 10/5/2010 6:36PM

    Way to Go! Trust in the Plan!

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PAGONA 10/5/2010 6:18PM

    7 weeks that is not bad I have less then 2 weeks :) good luck you will do great

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JILLWILSON2102 10/5/2010 3:18PM

    Running warriors must run! Way to go Mary!! emoticon

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LYNNANN43 10/5/2010 10:56AM


Have Happy, Wonderful, Enjoyable, Productive training!!!

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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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FLGIRL_4EVER 9/29/2010 5:16PM

    You are amazing! Keep up the great training.

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