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One day at a time...just breathe

Monday, May 16, 2011

This is when the nerves start to kick in. My nerves go and mind races with all I have to do in preparation for our drive up to Edinburgh for the marathon.

This is not the time to stress.. to get anxious...to let my "to do" lists grow and grow till I am a babbling crazy woman who is losing her patience with everything and everyone! Nooo, not condusive to sanity.

This IS the time to focus.. to do what is infront of me. To remain calm and not hurry about. The important things WILL get done, a day at a time, a job at a time.

I will do what I need to with purpose. With determination and with a sense of quiet calm. I will remember simply....deep breath in... and deep breath out....slowly and calmly. Ahhh, now that IS better!

  
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SHELLEY81 5/16/2011 3:25PM

    You can do it!

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ALLDAY 5/16/2011 8:23AM

    I KNOW YOU CAN!! emoticon

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ZUMBAMAMA3 5/16/2011 7:44AM

    well said emoticon

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POETANDMORE 5/16/2011 7:02AM

    What a great exercise plan. Wish I could run or walk in a marathon. Now isn't a bad time to get in shape!

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CAT609 5/16/2011 6:53AM

    Good advice! I think I will try it. emoticon

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One Week till number 9

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I'm in count down mode to the Edinburgh Marathon!

All my hard training is completed. I just have three 5 mile runs left until we drive up to Scotland.
This is now the final taper week. My race number has arrived. I'm getting mentally ready to start packing... ..(to be continued)

  
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HEATHER1969 5/15/2011 10:20PM

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thats so exciting! GOOD LUCK!

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2BERUNNING 5/15/2011 8:30PM

    I am so excited for you!

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CHELSEYG29 5/15/2011 7:12PM

    Best of luck to you! emoticon emoticon

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Getting closer-PreMarathon Ramblings

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I can picture Edinburgh Castle in my mind, I can see Holyrood Park, I can hear the seagulls at the Firth Of Fyth...yep Edinburgh is on my mind.

Hubs and I leave in just a week to make the 3+ hour drive along the motorway into Scotland and then cut East to the other side. My memories are still strong from 5 years ago.

I am focusing each day on what I need to do to be ready for this marathon. Today was a power session at the gym. Boxing, followed by strength training, then the dreaded, but much needed foam roller. I wince so much while using it but my legs thank me later on. Then a quick dip in the bubble pool to let the soothing and powerful water jets work more on my body's sore areas. Stretching in the warm water adds to my comfort.

Looking on to the remainder of this week I have my last double digit (10mile) run tomorrow... as I switched it with yesterday's run. Then an 8 and 6 mile over the weekend. That will take me to the final easy run into Edinburgh next week....15 miles before leaving on Thursday.

I get so excited about this.. another marathon that it's nutty. Why ANOTHER one? Why do this again.. and again and again???!!! I think the answer is just so complex, so all inclusive that I can't just put it into words. These races BECOME me, they are part of me, they challenge me.

Perhaps it's the lead up to it.. shoes, gear, nutrition, training..and on and on. It's the anticipation of the expo, the city, the travel, the sites. It's the sharing of an adventure with my hubs, the excitement of the chatter, the hype of others preparing as well. It's the pre-race meal, the putting the kit bag together, the early wake up, the dressing, the walk to the start, the attempt to calm nerves while waiting for the start. It's the exhilaration of crossing over the first timing mat, the sea of other runners, the cheers of the crowd, the pushing forward through the discomfort and yes even pain of the miles 17-22, the "I AM doing this" thoughts at miles 23-25, the ONE MORE MILE mantra at mile 25 and the elation and tears of crossing over the final finish timing mat! It's the medal, the T-shirt, the momentos, the snapping of finisher photos, the hubs hugs, the anything I want after race dinner. It's hearing my hubs race account, seeing his medal, wearing the medal both physically and mentally.

It's ALL of those things and more...so it's no wonder that hubs and I have already signed up for a FALL marathon....gotta keep doing this...because we CAN!

  
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CAROLCRC 5/13/2011 12:23PM

    Lovely blog - and severe nostalgia for my visit to Edinburgh last summer! Hope everything goes as planned for your race - listen for the virtual cheers from your Spark friends.

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JOPAPGH 5/13/2011 7:39AM

    Great blog. Favorite quote: "gotta keep doing this...because we CAN!"

I had to abandon my marathon training due to a stress fracture. I will be runn the half instead here in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

But I WILL run a marathon. nest target is Niagara Falls on my birthday at the end of October.

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LYNNANN43 5/12/2011 11:44PM

    Mary- You made my nerves work up again!

Today I wore my Shefield HM shirt you mailed to me after Philly. I knew that I couldn't do my last 3 mile run because of my blisters. The shirt made me feel like you were with me all day and calmed me down:-) THANK YOU again for it!

I can't wait to hear & see all about your Marathon!!! emoticon emoticon
(Not sure if that's Scotland's flag or not!)

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KALILA1229 5/12/2011 8:32PM

    Great entry, I really enjoyed the read. I am sure it will be another amazing race for you both. :)

xoxo


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SHELLEY81 5/12/2011 2:37PM

    You are AMAZING!

and about the foam rolling, it hurst so good!

I can't wait to see pictures from the race! Edinburgh is beautiful!

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TERJEGOLD 5/12/2011 1:10PM

    Fitness is such a part of your life that you can't imagine NOT running. I love it! Can't wait to read your post-race blog.

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2BERUNNING 5/12/2011 12:52PM

    Gosh Mary, now look I finally wear makeup for once in my life and you have me crying emoticonlike a big baby. But that's o.k. your worth the raccoon eyes LOL emoticon

An amazing blog again. So glad you signed up for another one in the Fall emoticon (high five)

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/12/2011 12:00PM

    You captured how I feel about races in general! I have not yet progressed to doing marathons, but I will be doing my first half marathon next month and cannot wait (though I still have some training left to do). Hope your next marathon is all you anticipate and more--keep running!

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CHELLES_BELLS 5/12/2011 10:14AM

    I loved this... I almost cried! I cannot wait to run my first one and get that medal!

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Setting Fire To The Rain

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I can't hide the fact that I am a lyricist. When I listen to a song, it's not just the music that draws me in..it's the WORDS. I'm captivated, I paint a mental picture, and get swept away. Music has ALWAYS been important to me. It was where I first found escape as a teenager. It was my soul companion and we had many a journey. I did music videos in my mind before MTV did them for real!

I've just bought a CD which has a song the same title as my blog title. But it's not the words of the song that I'm captivated by, it's the title and the image it brings. Picture with me a torrent of rain, a downpour of unrelenting cloudbursts. Suddenly it's met by flames from the ground. Igniting the rain, it turns to steam, then vapour. A steam haze results; a battle between the colder rain from above and the heat and fiery flames from the ground.

Now put that to an image of life. The pain, the suffering, the disappointments, the hurts. Those emotions and situations that rip us apart, that tear us from the inside and leave us open wounded. Pain that can only paralyze us as we are left gasping for relief. These are the rainstorms encountered by each of us.

Then the flames begin, they sooth, they move us into action, they ignite; like a spark that bursts forth and somehow brings relief..somehow brings life to the frozeness of the rain. Warmth and yet comfort. The call to action.

Because of the fire, the rain seems to lessen, the pain settles, the numbness loosens it's grip and a desire to move forward calls. A determination to continue, even though and through the vapors, out of necessity.....out of survival....we move. No longer staying still, no longer accepting that which is showering down and about to drown us. The fire has brought an awakening, a jolt into action, and demanding response. Move or drown.

  
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2BERUNNING 5/8/2011 10:15PM

    Awesome, soul touching blog Mary. Thank you!

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CEEBEE200 5/6/2011 5:33PM

    Powerful words, Mary!

By the way, I keep meaning to post that I was sad to miss seeing you at the London Marathon this year. I joined the cheer squad for the Marie Curie Cancer Care runners and would have loved to look out and cheer a big cheer for you IN PERSON (for once) as well!!! But I'm rooting for your run up in Edinburgh instead - even if it won't be in person, I'm already cheering for your next impressive run!!

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- ceebee

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LYNNANN43 5/5/2011 10:42PM

    WOW! What an "outside the SparkBox" blog! The imagery is emoticon

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MICHELLE1083 5/5/2011 8:02PM

    L.O.V.E. this post! OMG Move or drown?!? That is my new motto

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Let's Take The High Road!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I'll be heading off to Edinburgh, Scotland in less than 3 weeks to run another marathon. Edinburgh, the Scottish Capitol is only approximately 190 miles from my village south of the border.

I've traveled that distance once before, 5 years ago when I was about to run my first marathon. I hold those memories very special. I had stepped beyond anything I ever imagined I could attain. Soon it will be time to prove to myself that I can go the distance for the 9th time!
As I look forward to the journey that awaits I see that I have about 100 miles left in my training and then the 26.2 of the marathon. I've decided to do a visual on a map of my last 3 weeks of training as I approach the start line in Edinburgh. I've ploted our drive up and using the miles I have left to run I am virtually approaching the Scottish Border; having left Penrith,
Carlisle and Todhills and nearing the line at Gretna Green. We will take a break there, refuel and move onward to where the road branches West to Glasgow and East to Edinburgh.

Let's do this together. Taking a journey with good friends always makes it even better! I'll update our progress every couple of days until hubs and I physically leave to drive up. Having you along will help keep me focused, motivated and calmer as the race approaches.
Got your shoes on???

  
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THEHEALTHYCHEF 5/10/2011 12:14PM

    I am deffinately along for the ride!


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SANDLADY48 5/10/2011 9:53AM

    I loved Edinburgh, we traveled a little south and Spent the night in Bortwick Castle. What a great marathon to run. Have an awesome time!
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2BERUNNING 5/8/2011 10:13PM

    What a beautiful place and I am so looking forward to reading your blogs along the way.

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LYNNANN43 5/8/2011 9:58PM

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than running around the Burgh!!!!! emoticon

Can't wait for the updates!

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ALLDAY 5/8/2011 4:31PM

    That drive sure beats the Jersey turnpike! haha! Trust that training and you are going to rock it!

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MICHELLE1083 5/5/2011 8:00PM

    Mary I am so so JEALOUS of your drive. I love all the history and architecture of Europe...reading your blog reminded me of the English comedian Eddie Izzard. He did a bit about the lack of history in America; Europe has buildings that are older than our whole country (he says "...and over here, we have this structure that has been standing for over SIXTY years..." ) emoticon

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KELLEEH 5/3/2011 7:37PM

    Wow, this is very cool! Have fun on your journey and at the race!

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SHELLEY81 5/3/2011 9:30AM

    I love Edinburgh! Enjoy the experience!

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WALIDGAZALA 5/3/2011 5:42AM

    I like it emoticon

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