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100 days and counting

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's another waypoint to the London Olympics....100 DAYS!
I can't even imagine how hard the olympic athletes are going to train during these next three plus months. All I can do is look at what I am going to do!!

I have been injured these past 5 weeks and have had to pull out of planned races! A half and a full marathon that I so wanted to do. Goals I had set for myself have had to be changed and rethought. I don't give up easily....but I feel that because of this injury my body is slowing down.

It's a mind game. A game that I am going to WIN! It's not about letting the thinking of I can't run stop me. Yes I have had to limit my cardio and even some of my ST, but I never have truly stopped. I don't want to go back there, to where I was before....lethargic, mind fogged, squeezing into my clothes and worried about if anything would fit.

So this is MY 100 day plan....
1. Plan my food weekly (keep within range)
2. Log my food daily
3. Plan my exercise weekly
4. Log my exercise daily
5. Drink at least 8 glasses of water
6. Get at least 7 hours sleep

This is my KISS plan. (Keep It Simple Sweetie)
I aim to see changes in these next 100 days and that is up to me. I plan to recover from my injury and run at least 5 races by the end of November!! I am seeing myself with the Preston Guild Race Series medal for accomplishing their "only once every 20 years series"!! I will make it an OLYMPIC year!!!

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LOPEYP 4/20/2012 7:16PM

    Good luck with your goals. I hope you recover quickly!

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    Hope your injury isn't too serious. emoticon emoticon

I will be thinking of you

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YIWEN39 4/20/2012 12:03AM

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LYNNANN43 4/19/2012 11:21PM

    Came right back to me why you are my Hero!


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APED7969 4/19/2012 5:31PM

    Great goals! Hope your leg is improving!!! I love how you stay so positive :-)

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 4/19/2012 8:30AM

    Your 6 goals sound fantastic. Now go get them Mary!
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FLGIRL_4EVER 4/18/2012 10:13PM

    Love your goals! You can do it!!! I'll be right here with AB emoticon

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What to do when you just don't wanna do

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I'm training again for ANOTHER marathon (and half)! This will be number 11 marathon and I don't know right off how many halves I've done but it's at least the same but most likely many more.

There are days when I just don't wanna....don't wanna run, or ST, or just do.
It's like the voice of a little child whining about doing what she knows is in front of her, but would rather just sit.
So what do I do on those days? I go into robot mode! Yep, I blank it.. no not blanket.. BLANK IT! The IT being the thoughts of sedentary, of passing on what I have planned, to just busy myself with other things and let the time get too late to do what I could have done first.. and that being taking care of me.

I just go into an action mode....not even letting the list of excuses build in my mind. I kind of duct tape them, or put my hand up to them, and keep putting my running clothes on...getting my water ready, my keys, my gadgets synced and step out the door. By the time my mind catches up with my body.... I'm already out there.

With races now on the calendar it's much easier to tell myself.. if I want to perform well, I MUST put in the training...and that means kick the excuses to the curb!! After all, I am worth this!

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FREETHEGODDESS 3/12/2012 11:20PM

    Great advice! I do the same thing when I don't want to workout. I just put on my workout clothes while I do other things and then I go ahead and workout because I am already in my clothes and have my shoes on.

It feels sooo good to finish a workout especially when I didn't want to do it in the first place. There is a sense of power and pride in being able to make yourself do what is right for you and good for your body despite the obstacles that used to make me just give up.

Great job on the marathons! What an inspiration!

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    You will appreciate your training when it comes time for race time.

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PKCTTS 2/14/2012 5:18PM

    The getting up, getting ready, getting out the door is always the hardest part . . . the actual doing isn't that bad. LOL

Thanks for the continuous motivation. You are one of my heroes.

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TRILLIUM22 2/14/2012 10:35AM

    I think one of the powers of having a race and a training plan is it simplifies the decision point. Without that clear plan when you have one of those lazy days you can spend the whole day trying to decide on doing something that sound most appealing. With a plan you know what your have to get done. Surprisingly it does it done most of the time. Sounds like you are doing great. I have a marathon on March 4, so I'm about to taper big time.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 2/12/2012 1:32AM

    Yup yup Mary, you got it!

No wonder you've done a gazillion HM & M...because of your "no excuses" training attitude.

Love it and keep it up!
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NANCY-GIRL 2/12/2012 12:31AM

    Aw Mary, you're great.
I've missed reading your blogs. :-)

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L3DESIGNS 2/12/2012 12:13AM

    You can do it!... Great job

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AMARILYNH 2/11/2012 9:56PM

    Been there, done that - and am always SO glad after the first couple of miles!!

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FLGIRL_4EVER 2/11/2012 9:14PM

    You are soooo worth it! And I love your determination and mind set! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 2/11/2012 6:49PM

    Fantastic! I agree with you. When I don't feel like it, I don't even analyse or argue, I just get out there and do it. Even if I start sluggish I end well. I never had to stop because I did not like it. That is the difference I think between someone that is exercising as a hobby (when they feel like it) and someone that is committed. Great job!!! You are an inspiration.

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LOPEYP 2/11/2012 6:04PM

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2012- MY olympic year!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Finally it's the year the Olympic games come to London...just a fast 2 hour train ride from me. There will be increasing excitement as the time approaches and the entire country gets caught up in it. There seems to be at least one commercial nightly that has something to do with the games. I wager this will only increase as July approaches.

The official start to the games is 27 July... with the torch relay beginning on 19 May and continuing through all of the UK for 70 days. My goal is to witness first hand the torch passing in front of me!! This will most likely take place on 23 June. I am just a little excited!!

Today while at the gym I had a bit of an epiphany. This is to be MY olympic year. The year that I fully comprehend the WHY.... I MUST complete my fitness and weight loss goals. I've taken time to write these reasons down, I've listed goals and how I am going to achieve them. I have a plan...and with my plan, I plan NOT to fail..but to succeed!!

I have 30 weeks until the start of THE games....30 weeks to stay the course on my journey. I am aiming for gold and my sights are on what lies ahead. I will take each day and work my plan of meal planning, food and exercise logging, motivational reading and support through Spark, Clean Eating, and various books and magazines.
I will keep positive, motivated and disciplined... as this is the way of an athlete.
I am an athlete in the biggest game of all...my healthy life.

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    I love you attitude. What a concept. Sorry I have been MIA, but I have been struggling.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 1/3/2012 1:12PM

    Hahaha-love this! You go for it. I know you can do it.

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EUPHRATES 1/3/2012 2:17AM

    How exciting! And what great motivation!
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PKCTTS 1/2/2012 10:52PM

    When the games were in Salt Lake City, the torch came through here. A friend of ours was one of the folks who carried it for a mile or so. It was very cool.

I have no doubt you will kick butt in 2012.

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YIWEN39 1/2/2012 10:29PM

    Waouh, that's a fantastic plan!!! Such determination too, that's the way to start the new year :-)
Best wishes for your Olympic Year! You can do it, you ARE an athlete! emoticon

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FLGIRL_4EVER 1/2/2012 10:26PM

    You are going to be amazing this year AB! I'll help you anyway I can emoticon

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And this is how New Years is done over here!!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Just want to wish everyone a great and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Wanted to share this great clip of how New Year's was celebrated in LONDON!
Enjoy and pay special attention to the music.....it's all UK related. www.bing.com/videos/search?q=utube+l

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    All I can say is WOW!!!!

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Another year ending...New beginnings await

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 is just about to fade away and a new 2012 is coming into focus.
Looking back this year has seen some major achievements for me.

I took up boxing and love it. I have been going consistently twice a week for most of the year.
I ran Marathon 9 and 10!
Edinburgh in May was a new personal best in terrible windy conditions.
Liverpool in October was my goal of 10 marathons before I turned 60. Goal achieved even if it wasn't a better time then in Edinburgh.
Half Marathons: worked hard and set a personal best time and then did that one ever better!!

This is a never ending work for me. I have fluctuated between the same 10 pounds this year and am ending it about 5 pounds higher than last year. Even though at times I feel like what is the use, I know that it is. I still remind myself that food is what I want to go to when life gets upsetting, or happy, or whatever... Being more aware of that helps me to NOT reach for it or if I have to stop myself before damage gets out of control.
I eat clean and now more focus on the portions is needed.

In general life is good. I have my health and to me that is everything. I keep active, eat right, work on the spiritual part of me as well. I assist at a "Messy Church" at the small village church and find great joy in that. Our dogs and my Magnificent Millicent (cat) are wonderful. Hubs is always there to support and encourage me. I'm thankful for that as sometimes I am my own worst critic.
No trip to visit family this year and of course I missed that and them. So glad there is internet and phone calls.

SO where does this lead for the upcoming year...2012.
More marathons, even better nutrition....consistent exercise....family, friends, furry critters.....details to follow in another blog.

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PKCTTS 1/1/2012 8:27PM

    Isn't it great to look back on a year well lived.

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FLGIRL_4EVER 12/31/2011 12:33PM

    You did awesome! I ended up with a 10 pounds gain at the end of the year, but I try and look at it in a positive light...if I didn't correct it in the last two months, it would of been much worse.

We are going to met and exceed all our goals in 2012 AB!!! Love ya! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 12/30/2011 1:16PM

    Oh wow - I just read your blog and I MUST be your SparkFriend (just 'friended' you!) When I read that '10 marathons before I'm 60' I knew we must be soul mates - I ran my marathons while in my 30's and 40's but I so want to get back to running again! I quit 13 years ago (long story that ends with knee problems) and for years every time I tried running my knees acted up but thank God I've tried it a few times in recent months with no knee problems. NOW the problem is a pinched nerve in my back which sometimes bothers me after a run and sometimes doesn't but I'm determined to get back to it!! And reading blogs like yours just strengthens my resolve!! One of my resolutions is to see a chiropractor and see if I can get that little problem fixed. Happy New Year emoticon may 2012 be your BEST year to date!!

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AFRESHSTART2 12/30/2011 8:56AM

    emoticon on the successes met and the milestones reached in 2011. By just reading the blog I can feel the positive vibes coming from you. With the kind of attitude you portray, I have no doubt that 2012 will be a great year for you.
All the best!

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