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Countdown...THE taper week

Sunday, October 02, 2011

One week, and Liverpool will be a memory. I pray a good memory of course.
I've crossed over to the final taper week of this marathon training. I've done this nine times before, and each time I have the same feelings.

These feelings of queasy stomach begin. I re trace in my mind a virtual Marathon Montague of where I've been before and all those emotions come back. I can sense the self doubt, the concern of what I have put myself forward to do AGAIN!

I will say that EVERY marathon I have run has brought pain to my body. I'm not sugar coating what running 26.2 miles does to my feet, my legs, or my mind. It HURTS. Yes, it is painful. Yes, I have lost toenails. Yes, I have had blisters. Yes, I have ached, gotten chaffing, sunburned, rained on, hailed on, and felt like curling up on the side of the road in the later miles.

Somehow though, through all the pain, the drive and determination to make it to that finish line in a faster time than I have previously draws me in. Somehow I lace my shoes up, I carry my kit bag to the transfer trucks, and I head to the start line. I await my turn to cross the starter mat and I breath in the atmosphere around me. I mentally prepare for what I have spent 16 weeks and 500+ miles physically preparing for. Then like a ribbon in motion, I'm pulled along with those around me as we move and flow through the streets of the particular city/course we are running through.

On 9/10/11 (9 October 2011) I will run my 10th marathon. I set a goal two years back to complete ten marathons by my 60th birthday (26/Nov). I ran my first marathon in 2006 to celebrate 2 years of running, now I will run my 10th to celebrate 60 years of living! I think it is a very fitting present!

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LOPEYP 10/4/2011 6:39AM

    A great accomplishment!

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KELLEEH 10/3/2011 8:44PM

    10 marathons - that's amazing. I've done 1/2's, and I just can't imagine doing an entire marathon. Hats off to you! what a great present to yourself!

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TAMIK1964 10/2/2011 8:14PM

    I can not even begin to imagine the journey which has brought you to this place in your life. You are such a remarkable woman and an inspiration to us all. Good luck with the race next weekend. I can't wait to hear about it!

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CHARLIE215 10/2/2011 7:56PM

    Good luck Mary emoticon

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2BERUNNING 10/2/2011 6:36PM

    Mary I am so excited for you; you will do wonderful for your big 10 :o)

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LYNNANN43 10/2/2011 6:24PM

    Holy... Cow.... You & your body dumbfound me.

Enjoy the taper, but more importantly try to ENJOY your marathon! emoticon

(And especially the new BLING!)

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TRILLIUM22 10/2/2011 4:35PM

    Good luck. 10 marathons in 6 years, quite an accomplishment. I'm sure you will survive the taper demons and do great at your race. emoticon emoticon

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Under Pressure

Thursday, September 29, 2011


By way of that introduction video I ask a pondering question; what happens when something is squeezed?......

....It changes, it contorts, it stretches and sometimes, it shatters. Reaching its breaking point it succumbs to the added strain and pressure put upon it and breaks! (much like one of the objects in the video)

When someONE is put under pressure a similar result can happen. What is inside of them is revealed. What happens to you when you are pressured, stressed, frazzled and overwhelmed? Do you just totally lose it at the person nearest to you? Do you say things that are reserved to your mind? Do you just splatter yourself all over those closest to you?

When life gets like a pressure cooker and steams, simmers and boils us how do we handle it? Just like the closing words in the video.. "Why can't we give love give love give love give love give love give love give love
'Cause love's such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure"
Think about what you say, how you act, what you do then next time life puts the squeeze on you. Take time to show what you are really made of....and if you don't like what you see... then only you can change that.

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    Thanks for talking to me today. I am lucky - I tend to lose it with me in the car out loud yelling to someone else who isn't around.

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TAMIK1964 9/29/2011 9:15PM

    I've always been one to hold everything inside. Sometimes I think it would be better if I did have an outlet of some sort. I think the running is starting to give me that outlet!!!

Thanks for the great blog!

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LOPEYP 9/29/2011 8:43PM

    That's a tough one but worth trying.

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2BERUNNING 9/29/2011 8:34PM

    Great blog :o) I have always loved this song.

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LYNNANN43 9/29/2011 7:57PM

    Yes, I lash out at whoever is there at the time. If no one is there, just WATCH OUT if you are the first one back!

That being said, I have tried very, very hard to tap into my inner Type B personality. I was always the poster child of Type A all my life until my MS diagnosis. Stress is one of my worst enemies. I am a far kinder, gentler me now, but it's something that I need to continuously work on every day.

P.S. I LOVE this song! I am now going to download it and add it to my running songs! I can't figure out why I haven't before!!!

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Every picture tells a story...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

and a picture is worth a thousand words.
A very very proud and happy hub with his 6 hour-old first grandchild...Isabella!

Here's a bonus pic of me with her...at 30 hours.

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    Great pictures - Congrats to the entire family

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ALLDAY 8/25/2011 8:03PM

    Awwwww....love these pics. Soooo precious! Babies are perfection!

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2BERUNNING 8/25/2011 5:52PM

    Ok, going to have to re-comment on this blog again.

Mary you are so beautiful! Thank you for posting a picture of you with her too.

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ANNERBEES 8/25/2011 5:42PM

    What a beautiful pic of the two of you Mary!

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TERJEGOLD 8/25/2011 5:34PM

    That's fantastic!!!

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GYMRAT_AT44 8/25/2011 3:25PM

    That is true joy!

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CEEBEE200 8/25/2011 4:42AM

    Congratulations to all of you!!!! emoticon

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DLEDBETTER11 8/24/2011 12:38PM

    Great picture...a moment to treasure! Tear!

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CHELLES_BELLS 8/24/2011 11:05AM

    AWWWW Congrats!

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LYNNANN43 8/24/2011 10:47AM

    I just got goosebumps and a tear!

I found out a couple of weeks ago that I'm going to be a grandma for the first time:-)

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THEHEALTHYCHEF 8/24/2011 10:24AM

    He looks very proud. Awesome picture!

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TRILLIUM22 8/24/2011 10:22AM

    What a great picture. emoticon

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ANNERBEES 8/24/2011 9:39AM

    Precious!! emoticon

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2BERUNNING 8/24/2011 9:35AM

    Aw Mary, what a great picture. Congrats again emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 8/24/2011 7:56AM

This gives me teary smiles. What a beautiful, special time in life. Enjoy!!

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Ash and rubble

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

That is what is left after a gang sets fire to a car, a house, a business... ash and rubble. But it's not just the physical that gets affected, there are lives behind that.

I just needed to express my hurt and sadness about what is going on over here in England, where I live. I'm not a native so I have images of riots from the streets of LA, Newark, Chicago and other USA cities. But these strike home to me as this is now the country I live in and it hurts just as bad. I do not live in London, but the NW of the country and only 30 minutes north of Manchester where tonight theft and looting have taken place. Streets and stores that I have been to and others that I have walked passed have been turned into chaos.

Waste of property, of income, of futures..that is what I see. Something is broken, shattered, in pieces all through this country and others as well. It's as if a kind of meltdown is occurring.

Yes there is frustration about the condition of the economy, the hardship of keeping employed, of meeting bills, of higher costs of everything, but burning, looting and rioting is not an acceptable way of working through that frustration.

Just like the Phoenix bird rose from the ash and rubble, I pray that peace, wisdom and a solution will enable a restored Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, London and all it's suburbs to rise as well.

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    emoticon I was thinking about you when hearing about the riots. Stay safe and praying that it all ends soon.

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LYNNANN43 8/9/2011 9:47PM

    My prayers join yours as well. It can't end soon enough...


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DAS92687 8/9/2011 8:04PM

    I am so sorry ... It is very sad. I hope that everyone comes to their senses soon. You are in my prayers.

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KNH771 8/9/2011 7:08PM

    My prayers join yours. People so often seem to hurt themselves when they hope to hurt others.

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Missing Dad

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Yesterday wasn't just the 4th of July, it would have been my dad's 94th birthday. I remember how we always celebrated his birthday with lots of Red, White and Blue. He was a "Yankee, Doodle, Dandy" as my mom would sing. Lots of great memories I hold tight.

Today has been especially difficult for me, for some reason the 20 year anniversary of his death has left me in tears several times. His life was like a circle, it began on 4 July 1917 and ended 5 July 1991.

I celebrated his life yesterday while out on a walk with the dogs. We stopped on the high moor and looked out across the horizon towards the west and the Irish Sea. I let tears flow, and memories flood, and looked skyward and let the breeze lift my hair and prayers. I was thankful for him being my dad and the love he passed on to me.

Today I dedicated my speed run to him. During the difficult parts of the later middle miles when I wanted to slow up, I thought of him and mentally focused on doing my best for his memory. I was pleased when I finsihed, as I had kept to the pace I wanted.

My dad never saw me run. He never saw me take part in a race. He never saw me get my first half marathon shirt. He never saw me receive my first marathon medal. But I know he is smiling at all I have achieved. I know he would be proud. He was that kind of dad. Love you Dad! emoticon

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GYMRAT_AT44 8/25/2011 5:18PM

    Loved reading this. Brought a tear to my eye. Lost my dad this March. He was the runner in our family, so it was very hard to watch his stuggles with Parkinson's.

I'm amazed when I see how fresh the hurt is for others after so many years and it "scares" me a bit. How will I handle it, etc....I guess, only time will tell.

Truly though, it has helped to write blogs about it and to read what others have written.

Thanks for sharing... I am pretty sure he is PROUD of those marathon accomplishments.

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LESLIES537 7/7/2011 10:05PM

    I know anniversaries are so hard. I'm glad you were able to express your emotions and have a good cry...that always seems to help a little. Dedicating your run to his memory sounds like a perfect idea. ((hugs))

Beautiful blog! You've inspired me today. This was just what I needed to read. Bless you!

Comment edited on: 7/7/2011 10:06:33 PM

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RAIDERMOM2277 7/7/2011 9:40PM

  Mary, your dad is proud of you, you are an amazing lady. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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2BERUNNING 7/7/2011 8:44PM

    I am so sorry about your daddy. I bet he was an amazing man and would be so very proud of the daughter he raised. emoticon

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FABAT402009 7/6/2011 9:37PM

    Another Dad misser!

Beaming with pride and joy, sure he is!

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EUPHRATES 7/6/2011 5:50AM

    I'm sure he would - and is - incredibly proud of you!

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TERJEGOLD 7/6/2011 12:11AM

    I'm so sorry, Anniversaries are so tough. I am glad you blogged about it.

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PATTYOMALLEY 7/5/2011 11:26PM

    It sounds like your dad was your hero. In reading your blog, I'm betting that you are his hero too. Love never leaves us; we grieve for the loss of their physical presence in our daily lives, so let those tears flow.... they are therapeutic.

I lost my mom in 2002, there is not a single day that passes without loving thoughts of her and gratitude for all that mom imparted in this lifetime. What a blessing to have had these wonderful parents in our lives....they have taught us what love is, and that it knows no bounds.


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    I lost my mom 4 years ago today...it's been a tough one!!! Hugs!!! emoticon

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KIWIEVIE 7/5/2011 5:51PM

    You said it perfect.....
He would be smiling at all you have achieved.... And be Very Proud!
I know my Dad would be doing and thinking the same....
Thanks for sharing.....
Evie emoticon

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TERP_TERP 7/5/2011 5:50PM

    emoticon I can relate, I miss my dad too.

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