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Monday, November 15, 2010

That is all that awaits; one week, 7 days, a handful and change...till another marathon! The Philadelphia start line is that close now. I got the full 40 miles done this past week and I finally now feel like I am tapering!!

The last of the 3 mile speed run, the last marathon paced 10 mile run, the last semi-long run of 8 miles and the last full week of training! My stomach churns with anticpation and realization as I wrtie this.

What is left now? What do I fill my days with prior to our departure on Thursday? It' s just a mere 3 days of easy paced 5 mile runs; a total of 15 more miles on English soil. I've decided that I'll do 3 different routes ending with my favourite 5 mile on Wednesday. This is also a week of packing, organizing work, completing paperwork, taking the animals to their respective kennels/cattery, countless additional things, plus contacting family members and friends that are going to be our cheering section while in the US. Perhaps all this is to shift the focus and my nerves away from Sunday 21 November.
It is so fitting that we will spend some additional days in the Philadelphia area for Thanksgiving and my birthday!! We will enjoy the holiday with family and enjoy this rare opportunity of being together.

Our race numbers and instructions came via email. Come 07:00 US East Coast Time, on 21 November the Philadelpia Marathon begins. My speedy hubby is in the second pen! I'm much further back in pen 7 (last pen) My number is 12210

Your kind thoughts and cheers of encouragement are greatly appreciated. I'll carry you in my mind as I run on Sunday. When it gets tough out there, as I know it will, I'll draw strength from how each of you has been a part of this journey of mine and left messages of support. Thank you in advance as I truly appreciate each one of you.

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2BERUNNING 11/16/2010 12:08PM

    emoticon I am so excited for you! Gosh I wish I lived closer! I still plan on running with you a little on that day. But will be cheering you on the entire time! emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 11/16/2010 7:18AM

    Mary, always my inspiration. May your feet have wings and your heart be light. Enjoy this wonderful adventure! You are The Running Warrior! emoticon

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LYNNANN43 11/15/2010 10:21AM

    Did you get a wrong email too? Then a corrected one? I was "Lynn Lynn" on the first one. LOL

We leave on Wednesday to spend one day in NJ with our Great Aunt in Ocean City. Then to Philly Thursday afternoon:-)

Best of luck with your training, preparations & planning this week! See ya on Friday!!!

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KEAKMAN 11/15/2010 9:41AM

    Mary, your blog made me so excited for you! I want to fly out to Philly and cheer you on, but alas, I can't. But I will be eagerly waiting for word on how you do. And I will go check the site right now and see if I can be on the notification list of your progress (one of the best things about technology - we get to know!)

Have a great final few runs and here's to a safe and easy flight!

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    Mary I am soooo excited for you!!! I only wish I could be in Philly to cheer you on and hug you as you cross the finish line!!! As I start training for my 3rd and possibly final marathon, I take your inspiration, drive and determination with me every step I run!!! As always, you are my HERO!!! Hugs, MissyJ!!!

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A Fortnight or TWO weeks

Monday, November 08, 2010

In Uk terms, I'm only a fortnight away from running Philly! It's the wind down now, preparation is complete. I completed 34.31 miles last week, a bit of a dip from the previous weeks 52 miles! However, the work has been done, the legs are in taper mode.

I got out and did my last long run of double figures, I completed the next to last speedy 3 miles in excellent form and fought the dipping temperatures and windy autumn days. I'm pleased with my progress and trying to not let myself get too anxious. For this is when the doubts have a way of slipping in...will I be able to keep to my last bit of training, will I do the time I am aiming for, will my legs/feet hold out.. and on and on the questions go on.

This is when I MUST trust the training, trust my abilities, trust that I have done what I can do to get to stand on the start line. My marathon shoes are here, I am mentally putting my packing list together and working on our itinerary. The days will fly by now and in just over a week we will be packed and ready to jet across the pond. I'm excited just thinking about it!!! YEAhhhh this is what I have trained for and will do my best!

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PAGONA 11/8/2010 11:56PM

    I love The Rocky Theme, that is the best ever, make sure that is playing as your in your last 1/4 miles.

I can't wait to hear and see photo of how you did and all all there great things that went on.

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2BERUNNING 11/8/2010 9:20PM

    2 weeks! WooHoo!!! So glad everything is going well for you. You are soooooooo amazing! I am so proud of you no matter what! But hey we all know you are going to kick some serious butt emoticon

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LYNNANN43 11/8/2010 4:36PM

    Now I'm gonna have the Rocky theme stuck in my head! Hmmm... I'd love to get a pic of us with the Rocky statue!!!

I'm becoming quite the nervous wreck now. My training was going great until I got sick for so long. And then I had the 2 rounds of sclerotherapy. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so happy your training is going so well for you! Better you & your marathon than me & my 8K!

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Climbing and Reaching the Summit

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

It has taken 13 weeks and 442.76 miles to get to where I am today; on the summit of my training program for the Philadelphia Marathon. The view ahead has been worth all the miles I have travelled to get here on my virtual trek up my mountain named Philadelphia. To reach this place from base camp 2 it has taken 4 weeks and 177.51 more miles.

This portion tested my physical endurance, mental strength, and speed as I undertook the most difficult half marathon I have ever run! Talk about hills!! Even taking that into consideration I ran my best half marathon time of the three I did this year. Then I looked onward to the steepest part of my ascent; weeks that totalled 41 miles, 46 miles and the final summit week of 52 miles!

I take in the view of what I have achieved, but I can't linger and rest, I have a marathon to race in less than 3 weeks! My goal now is to keep this fitness I have worked so hard to attain. I will do this by holding my miles to about 40 per week, by just 2 more speed sessions, 2 more 10 mile marathon paced runs and one more 10 mile long run and additonal "keep fit" miles.

Finally then, on marathon week, I bring the miles down, as if softly alighting on the start line from wires, to take my place. Ready, both mentally and physically, to undertake the real journey....the 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon.

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PAGONA 11/7/2010 10:12AM

    I can't wait to hear about your Marathon, this is so exciting.

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LYNNANN43 11/3/2010 10:30PM

    Can't wait to cheer you on!!!!!!

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ANNERBEES 11/3/2010 8:14PM

    This has been so amazing following you on this journey!! We will be here cheering you on as you take on Philadelphia!!!! Congrats to you for coming this far!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 11/3/2010 7:31AM

    Mary, you are so amazing and inspiring. All your hard work is going to pay off in the best run ever! emoticon

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FABAT402009 11/2/2010 10:12PM

    I hear the music from Rocky playing in the background.

So excited for you!!!

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TERJEGOLD 11/2/2010 9:22PM

    I can't wait to hear about your marathon. I know you are going to do great!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/2/2010 9:40AM

    Wow! emoticon

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2BERUNNING 11/2/2010 9:00AM

    So excited for you! emoticon

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JLWOF1 11/2/2010 7:55AM

    Beautiful blog! Congrats on the half-marathon! Good luck in Philly!

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Three Weeks

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I cannot believe it! I'm only 3 weeks from running another marathon, number 8! My training for the most part is over, I've done my longest week I've reached my virtual summit and I'm standing on the precipice of stepping into a waiting achievement.

All the miles I 've done thus far, all the hours upon hours I've spent on the road and strength training. This week was 52 miles and hundreds of minutes! I did the 10 mile marathon paced run and the Saturday 20 miler. I feel such a sense of satisfaction already.

I see a drop of 11 miles less this coming week vs this past week. I still have 40 miles to cover this week but the hardest work is completed. I'm still waiting for my shoes which are due to arrive Tuesday! Then my mind will focus on maintaining the strength and endurance these past 13 weeks have provided. I inwardly can't help but smile, I've actually worked my plan...soon I will test it!

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PAGONA 11/1/2010 9:56AM

    Can't wait to hear how your marathon goes. you have worked hard. you will do well

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/31/2010 8:08PM

    I do hope you are smiling outwardly too!

WTG on your plan coming true!!

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2BERUNNING 10/31/2010 2:39PM

    I am so excited for you Mary! 3 weeks will fly by quickly. I wish I could met you in person in and cheer you on! Maybe I'll run a mile or two with you while you run that day and cheer you on that way. emoticon

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LYNNANN43 10/31/2010 12:20PM

    OMG! 3 weeks!!!!!!!!

I'm hoping that we can make some concrete plans to meet up soon:D

Good luck with the training this week! emoticon emoticon

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Four Weeks

Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm down to just four weeks until Philly! 28 days, less than a month. This is crunch week..the high mile week, the final push upward towards my virtual summit! My pinnacle of training happens this week. I have prepared, been consistent and logged the miles. Even when I feel like I don't really want to lace up, I think, it will be over in just about an hour and I can cross off another day's miles.

This was a high week in my running miles, over 46 miles run. I don't count my walks or my cool downs, if I did I would have gone over 50 miles out on my feet. That's a lot of hours on the road. The miles go up once more...to 52 this week. I hit the 10 mile marathon paced run and the BIG long run of 20 miles on Saturday, all going to plan that is. I can see the awaiting summit!

I ordered my marathon race shoes and they should be in the end of the week. I'll break them in during the last 2 weeks and then pack just them for Philly.

So as I look down the week to the longest and hardest one awaiting me, I'll draw strength from having done these numbers before. I'll relive the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment at being able to do what I have set out to achieve. in four short weeks this will all be memories that I'll relive over and over again!!

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2BERUNNING 10/30/2010 10:26PM

    emoticon because you are amazing!

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RHYNIC 10/27/2010 7:11PM

    you done it again, gotten through marathon training. Okay, you are not quite done, but since you have gotten this far I know nothing will stop you now.

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JILLWILSON2102 10/26/2010 1:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are amazing!

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LYNNANN43 10/25/2010 11:54AM

    4 weeks!!!! My heart is starting to jump around. Being sick for so long REALLY messed up my running plans. But it's OK. Deep breathes. I can do it!

I wonder how bad the hills are on the 8K? Do you have any idea?

Hope those new shoes come in quickly! Happy training! emoticon emoticon

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PAGONA 10/25/2010 11:49AM

    you are going to do great, I decied that hills are my friend :)

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