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Sunday, March 20, 2011

One might think that the title of my blog has something to do with American Football. You know...First down, nine yards to go. But nope, not about that and not referring to the times on a clock. It's about races.

I have one week until my next half marathon. I'm running the Liverpool Half again. This year I am so hoping that I don't experience a finishing head wind for 3 miles along the Mersey River. When I ran this last year it was my slowest half but it was my first race of the year and got me warmed up.

This also marks NINE weeks until the Edinburgh Marathon. I have also run there before and in fact that is where I became a marathoner! My very first marathon back in 2006 was a hot June 11. I didn't know what to expect as I got into the later miles and what running in that city would be like.

Edinburgh is a fantastic, historic, wonderful place that my hubs and I looking forward to seeing again. The course will be flatter that what we ran, and much larger. The distance of course will be the same, the sites will be same, but I will be a bit more experienced, as it will be my 9th marathon (my hubs 11th).

My training has now stepped up in miles and I've crossed the 40 mile mark this past week. I have kept up with my twice a week boxing and strength training. I'm focusing on one day at a time and putting one foot infront of another till race day.

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2BERUNNING 3/21/2011 1:24PM

    GF, you never stop amazing me in all you do. You have no idea how much of a hero you are to me. Love you to piece and you are going to KILL those two races! Proud of everything you do girl! emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 3/21/2011 12:10PM

    Crazy wonderful warrior Mary!

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MEGLUVS2RUN 3/20/2011 11:01PM

    Wow, you are one very dedicated and determined lady! I've just started my running journey over the past few months and can only hope to accomplish one day finishing maybe a half marathon. I just read your sparkpage and you have certainly accomplished a lot and your positive outlook and enthusiasm is inspiring! Good luck to you on your upcoming races! emoticon

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LYNNANN43 3/20/2011 9:10PM

    I'll certainly be thinking of you when I'm running my first 8.1 mile race next weekend when you're running you're HM! You are such an AMAZING inspiration to me!

Best of luck with all the training and the races! Can't wait for the recaps!!!


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Life is like a box..

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

....ing match!

Earlier today I feel like I got hit by a one-two punch. A right jab and then a left upper cut! OUCH! I am still reeling from it and a bit dazed and numb. I made a phone call to a client which resulted in a very unexpected outcome.

Later in a phone conversation with my husband he reminded me of my new found cross training....boxing.. and painted an analogy for me. He told me to keep moving, diving and weaving. I countered with how I need to keep on my toes, to move and avoid getting knocked out.

Life WILL punch back, it WILL do the body slams, it WILL put me in a corner and want to beat the daylights out of me and watch me crumble and give up the 10 count! But to avoid that from happening I remember my boxing training.

Make a window with my gloves....protect my face...by being prepared and alert. Think ahead and be ready.
Keep my feet moving...stay on my toes and watch my surroundings. Don't let the other side get the best of me. Dance, dance dance.....
Find my stance before returning the punch.....be anchored in what I am doing and then move forward.... don't swing blindly...act with purpose.
Don't stop until the round is over..... it's not over until the bell sounds....stopping before could cost me the match!

So yes, today's event brought tears, fear, disappointment, annoyance, frustration, and knocked me down for an 8 count...but I am still here. I'm back upright and standing with my gloves still on. My stance might have been shaken up, but i'm still dancing, and diving, and weaving....till I hear that bell!

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MSEVERLAST 3/30/2011 11:48AM

    Love this!

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MZLADY77 3/10/2011 9:35AM

    Good blog! Thanks for sharing!

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CHARLIE215 3/2/2011 10:54PM

    great blog Mary - hope things improved later:)

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2BERUNNING 3/2/2011 10:10PM

    Great blog as usual. Love how you keep on, keeping on !!!! You my girlfriend ROCK!

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WEEZYB7881 3/1/2011 8:21PM

    all right - I love the analogy and your spirit.

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LYNNANN43 3/1/2011 11:49AM

    OOOOWWWWWW!!!!! emoticon

I'm so glad that you're ok. Not just ok, but you're still dancing, diving & weaving!!!

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CHELLES_BELLS 3/1/2011 11:09AM

    Umm... I love this! Best blog I've read all morning!

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Where do you go?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sometimes life tries to squeeze the life out of life....to steal away the tranquility, the serentiy, the peace that brings joy. Comfort can be hard to find when everything is zipping by like it's on a high speed conveyor belt. Where do you go to slow things down? Where is that place that brings the space back to life?

I found such a place, a place that when I go there I can't help but feel better. A place that only takes 5 minutes to get to but when I am there, I feel miles away.
Actually I can see for miles when I'm there, I can see out to the Irish Sea, 26 miles away, the mountains of far away Wales, the tips of the hills in the Lake District, and even out to the Yorkshire Dales. There's the wind farm off to the opposite side and then I'm back full circle facing west towards the sea.

My place is the top of the Moor up the hill from my village. When I'm there my mind escapes, my hair is russled with the wind and my lungs, heart and mind are refreshed. I am sure many other people have found this place as well, but to me that is my stress-relief, feel better place. A place I remember first finding 7 years ago. A place I showed to my youngest son when he came to visit. A place of memories of walking a beloved now gone dog.

Places like my hilltop Moore are necessary to me. I feel release, I feel rebuilding, I feel for a moment that time melted away and it's just me and answers come. Resolutions take shape and wholeness is restored. Where do YOU go?

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PELESJEWEL 2/13/2011 10:33PM

    emoticon Beautiful blog my sparkie friend. Simply beautiful! I go home to Hawaii to recharge. There is a beautiful pond where go swiming, the water is so salt that it heals and restores balance. But your blog has give me a moment of pause, I do not have such a place here in Nashville, and now I realize I need to find one. Thank you my friend for sharing!

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PKCTTS 2/13/2011 10:22PM

    Here in the Rocky Mountains there are many places like that. I have my favorites (a rock ledge above a 100' waterfall outside Silverton, CO comes to mind), but even better are those times when you round a corner on a trail and find a new one.

Thanks for filling my tired of winter mind with such beautiful thoughts.

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2BERUNNING 2/13/2011 9:42PM

    So glad you have a place to go and rebuild. Where do I go? Good question, maybe I should find that place too.

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Do what you enjoy...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

...and you will be successful!
I've heard that saying a number of years ago and am going to apply it to something I have recently discovered.
I enjoy boxing! Bet you wondered why the photo, and that's the reason.

My gym has a box-fit class and I've gone twice and am getting hooked! (no pun intended)

With the very cold days and icy underfoot conditions, I've been at the gym more this month than I have in ages. Saturday mornings I am usually out on the road, but it's between marathons and I have the time to try some other exercises.

I'm really glad as I have found something that I can keep up with here at home as well as at the gym. I can do that because today I bought myself my own gloves, pads, and wrist tape! YEP, I'm hooked!....or maybe it's a jab!

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2BERUNNING 1/23/2011 9:55PM

    I love the Cardio Boxing on my Wii EA Active Workouts. Always wanted to try an actual boxing type class but they are across the city. I am so thankful you found something you enjoy during the winter :o)

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TERJEGOLD 1/23/2011 12:02AM

    That is so cool!

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PELESJEWEL 1/22/2011 7:37PM

    I've been wanting to try boxing too! I have a feeling I will take to it like you have!

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    It's true!

Great blog, I am voting for it!!

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OLDBIKER 1/22/2011 7:18PM

    Greaat job! It can be done at home and at the gym. I'll bet it really burns the calories, too. Congratulations!! emoticon

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TRILLIUM22 1/22/2011 4:42PM

    Great job trying something new and finding you love it. Doing what you enjoy is the key to keeping going

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SEYSARAH 1/22/2011 3:47PM

    I couldn't agree more..I admire those that look to other things to keep fit and enjoy..simply trying stuff is hard for some but it pays off in the long run. Simple stuff like inclement weather as you suggested in your blog might require one to find another outlet for fitness..injuries are another..sometimes a runner in particular falls into a depression when they can no longer run because of health issues and if they don't look toward other means..it's a rut..so yeah for you finding other stuff to do..sounds like great fun!

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Another year

Sunday, January 02, 2011

This is the place where I should put my what I want to accomplish this year. The resolutions that I will work to achieve and the deadlines I will do them by. Instead I am just going to say, this will not just be another year, it will be THE year!

It's the year I turn 60 and if not now, when!!?

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/10/2011 8:18AM

    It will be a great year!

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2BERUNNING 1/5/2011 12:32PM

    Go for it Mary! I'll be here cheering you on all the way! emoticon emoticon

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CHARLIE215 1/2/2011 9:37PM

    I like it Mary - no talk & all action :)

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ZORAHGAIL 1/2/2011 9:28PM

    Heck yeah! Go Mary Go!

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TERJEGOLD 1/2/2011 9:01PM

    Sweet and to the point. Can't argue with that!

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DDUNKIES 1/2/2011 8:33PM

    2011 is going to be YOUR year- can't wait to cheer you on- love ya donna

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