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What Early Morning Runners Get To Experience

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I really enjoy getting out early for a weekend run. There's not many folks about and you see and can experience the most amazing things... if you are open to them.

I've had many animal encounters on my running roads, here are just a few:


and this one:


and how about these?



Those were all great, but I have to admit that my best animal encounter took place while I was out on a tribute run to my father this past Sunday morning 17 June 2012.

I was at about mile 2.5 and running along a main road with fields along side. I could see ahead on the right side a group of about 30 cows watching me approach. I slowed down as to not scare them off. As I got closer I started talking to them.

To my pleasant surprise, they started to walk towards me but keeping their distance, all but one. She almost acted as the spokescow and walked right up to me. She was cautious of course but very curious and wanted to find out what I was.
I slowly outstretched my hand and her rough tongue licked first my salty hand, and then my jacket. She repeated this several times with the other cows pressing in closer.
We continued our "conversation" for at least five minutes with their soft brown eyes starring into my eyes. It was so emotional even with the couple of cars passing by. I so wished someone I knew would pass with a camera to catch the entire scene.

Snapped back to reality I had to finish my run. I told the "ladies" that if they wanted they could come and run with me...as I resumed running. To my wonderful surprise, they did indeed join in. You would think they were horses!!! It was fantastic. Disappointingly they could only go a short distance due to the trees blocking the route to the adjoining field.

My encounter left me with a spring to my step and a smile and light heart that carried me home. Here's just a very small portion of the "group photo" of that day!
(gotta love it)!

  
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KELLEEH 6/24/2012 2:02PM

    Love the pics! Love the cows! So much more interesting than the cats and squirrels that I see!

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APED7969 6/23/2012 3:21AM

    That is so cute about the cows going for a run with you! Seeing wildlife on my morning runs is always a highlight for me. Thanks for sharing the photos!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 6/22/2012 4:48PM

    Thank you for sharing all your friends from your run - you made me well up... They put a smile on your face & I'm fairly certain you made their day!! Wonderful blog!

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RENDENWOLF 6/22/2012 3:47PM

    Too cool! I love your running route!!

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RENDENWOLF 6/22/2012 3:38PM

    Too cool! I love your running route!!

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JDUBLANKO 6/22/2012 11:43AM

    That would be AWESOME...not too many cows on in the city...lol

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KKINNEA 6/22/2012 11:23AM

    Love this - thanks for sharing!

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MBSHAZZER 6/22/2012 10:06AM

    LOVE IT!!!! I generally only encounter "party animals" on my early morning runs...because early morning is "late night" for that set! :D

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 6/22/2012 9:48AM

    What an awesome experience....you get great animal encounters...me I rarely see our coyote, mostly armadillos and rats. Oh Joy.

Keep running.

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TRIXIERUNS 6/22/2012 9:46AM

    i love cows.. how sweet!

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LYNNANN43 6/22/2012 8:54AM

    What a wonderful, sweet story! emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 6/22/2012 8:29AM

    *giggle*those cows are funny. What a cool experience on such an important day. Oh, the little lambs are cute! I am happy you get to experience the animals on your runs. I am LOVIN my early morning runs. The air smells different, everything is peacefully quiet, it puts me in a great frame of mind for the rest of the day. Happy running Mary!
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JANICEMC 6/22/2012 12:58AM

    Wow. Very cool. Neat story.

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MAGGIENCALI 6/21/2012 10:47PM

    Love it!!! :)

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2BERUNNING 6/21/2012 8:37PM

    Oh Mary this was an amazing blog. Love the pictures and the story of the cows.

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ANNERBEES 6/21/2012 8:19PM

    emoticon Oh Mary I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I love all the other animals you get to see but the cows are always by far my favorite!!! And yes those big brown eyes are mesmerizing! I am always amazed at how 'social' they are!! I can just see you chatting away with them and I love how it was licking your arm and coat! Thanks for the sweet sweet story and all the pics!! emoticon

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YIWEN39 6/21/2012 7:02PM

    Special moment! Great experience, thanks for sharing ;-)

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NANCYSINATRA 6/21/2012 3:42PM

    Love it!!!

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ZORAHGAIL 6/21/2012 2:31PM

    Wow, amazing!

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AZSKIES 6/21/2012 12:33PM

    It so green and beautiful there! emoticon

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SERENAJL 6/21/2012 12:17PM

    The is amazing. My wildlife encounters are my favorite part of my runs

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LAURIE5658 6/21/2012 12:11PM

    What a wonderful story and yes early morning runs are THE best therapy ever!

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JECKIE 6/21/2012 11:41AM

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Anything you can dance to ...Pudsey can too!!

Monday, June 04, 2012

This little video clip is my inspiration for the theme I chose for the BLC Dance Sparkpage competition.
These were the winners for this season's Britian's Got Talent last month!
Semi Final Super! www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qNbi-KvLrM&
feature=related


NOw here's the Winning performance!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGt_6foIZDU&
feature=related

  
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KARA151 6/11/2012 11:58AM

    Thanks for posting that ... I watched it and smiled the whole time.

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NADJAZZ 6/5/2012 8:38PM

    These are so great! Brought a big smile to my face.

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DAS92687 6/5/2012 12:35PM

    LOVE that clip emoticon

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2BERUNNING 6/5/2012 10:32AM

    I love that! Can't imagine all the training that went into doing those routines. Thanks for sharing :)

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Signed up Again!!

Saturday, May 05, 2012


I'm just about to cross the finish line of my 10th marathon in this pic, Liverpool.
Have a look at this link, it's the official video clip of the 2011 Liverpool Marathon:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2QYdRygSkE&
feature=relmfu


I made the commitment today, and signed up for the 2012 Oct 14 race!!
Look out number 11!! (I had to back out of doing any races these past 3 months due to injury so really pleased to be able to sign up for this one.)


There are other races and lots of training to get me to that....but planning is essential! Here's to keeping race ready!!

  
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BRIGHTPENNY 5/19/2012 8:36PM

    Look at you go! i guess that injury is all better! Love your wallpaper! jan emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIENCALI 5/8/2012 11:44PM

    Congratulations!!! That is amazing. :)

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/6/2012 5:31PM

    WooHoo you rock!!

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2BERUNNING 5/6/2012 11:36AM

    So doing a major happy dance for you emoticon You are going to rock this marathon! emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/6/2012 7:22AM

    I can't even imagine 11 marathons

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YIWEN39 5/5/2012 7:08PM

    Awesome!!! :-) emoticon

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APED7969 5/5/2012 5:15PM

    Congrats!! I'll be thinking of you while I'm running mine in Hartford on the 14th! :-)

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FITLIKENIC 5/5/2012 12:31PM

    emoticon Love your dedication to YOU!

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FABAT402009 5/5/2012 12:20PM

    I love how you're smiling... I can only imagine what my face would look like if I was running a marathon :)

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PKCTTS 5/5/2012 12:01PM

    You continue to be a great motivation for me. emoticon

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This is a Game, and I'm Going to Win/BLC19

Sunday, April 29, 2012

THIS IS A GAME AND I'M GOING TO WIN!
I really love that quote. I read it on a blog and it stuck!
I've been a part of this game for a long time....and I've had ups and downs. I've had a season or two that have not been good ones, where I've suffered setbacks and other seasons where I've risen to the challenge of the time.

I've got my game face on this round, and I'm going to win. Positive thinking is going to be my main tool. I'm looking at this game as what to do for my health. I know there will be benefits to my entire body when I focus on my health. So here are the areas I intend to focus on this round, for my health:

1. Keep my sodium LOW
a. cut down on the hot chocolate to no more than 1 every other day/less is better.
b. limit sea salt on food at the table
c. find no salt versions of foods I currently buy (salmon, bullion, etc) If I can't
find them then I won't buy them

2. MOVE/set up an exercise routine
a. do intervals 3x/week
b. 6 min no excuse workout 3x/week
c. boxing on Sats with 6 min/workout
d. ST on thur/boxing
e. increase my running as my leg mends so I can resume a running program
f. be flexible

3 SLEEP
a. be consistent in getting a set lights out time
b. need at least 7 hours a night
1. Weekdays: 10:30 latest
2. WED: 9:30 (if getting up for gym at 4:30)
3. FRI/SAT: 11:00 latest
c. remember that I feel good when I am well rested

4 De-Stress
a. find activities that are ME time
1. cross stitch
2. read
3. sew
4. write
b. Meditate/inspirational time
1. yoga
2. music
3. podcasts

5 Eat to WIN
a. plan food ahead/log
b. keep to approx 1600 calories of clean eating food
c. prepared food in low calorie methods
d. be accountable

By following this success plan I am gonna WIN!

  
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2BERUNNING 4/30/2012 10:59AM

    Great goals AB! You got this, we are going to rock this round :)

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CHARLIE215 4/29/2012 11:16PM

    emoticon Mary

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JILLIANPRNCSS 4/29/2012 8:52PM

    YOU CAN DO IT YOU CAN DO IT emoticon

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JDUBLANKO 4/29/2012 7:22PM

    what a great way to lay your plan out...really well thought out!!! I have to admit my eyes went a little wider at the 4:30am workout...WOW...of course you will win...never doubted it for a minute emoticon

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YIWEN39 4/29/2012 6:53PM

    That sounds like an emoticon plan! emoticon
Let us know how you get on, you'll win this game for sure! emoticon

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APED7969 4/29/2012 5:13PM

    Great plan! Very specific :)

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JANICEMC 4/29/2012 3:05PM

    WooHoo! Awesome plan, Mary.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/29/2012 1:18PM

    Mary you rock...You will WIN!!!

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CEEBEE200 4/29/2012 9:49AM

    Wow, Mary, getting up at 4:30am to work out -- that is truly dedicated! I don't think I could do that at all, but then it's also hard to work out after work, so that would be an answer...

I'm intrigued about your " 6 min no excuse workout ". Sounds like another great approach -- after all, who can argue with 6 minutes! (Did I understand that right??)

I hope you leg is getting stronger every day - keep going, you're an inspiration! emoticon

-ceebee


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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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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/20/2012 11:13AM

    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!

XOXOXO,
Lynn

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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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2BERUNNING 4/18/2012 10:13PM

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

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