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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Can't believe we are in month 8 of 2012.
I am not looking back but forward to the next 31 days:
My goals are simple and reflective of my previous blog.

2. PLAN my food and log it. I always keep a paper plan but have been slipping a bit in doing it ahead of time. It helps me to stay focused when it's planned in advance. I like the relief it gives my brain to know what I only need to do and not think about it at the last minute.
3. TRAINING: I am in week 6 of my marathon plan and it's going well. I will keep to what is already on paper. I have long runs this month that go up to 16 and then 18 miles. I struggle sometimes with not getting out early enough thus making a long day. My goal is to improve this and not put me towards the end of the day. Watch my empty time and not waste it
4. REST: biggest issue for me. I stay up too late for the daily early rise. Setting a sleep time and sticking to it is a major goal for me this month. I know in order to perform my best in training I need to be rested up for it. I'm setting the goal of a sleep streak of a 7 hour minimum each day. That means better planning on my part.
5. SOMETHING NEW: I WILL go to a Zumba class (DONE)

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PDQ1203 8/2/2012 7:15AM


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AMARILYNH 8/1/2012 2:49PM

    Great goals!! emoticon

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PKCTTS 8/1/2012 11:39AM

    Great plan-no wasted time and the getting to bed on time are big issues for me too. And, I know that it makes such a difference if I'll get into bed on time. (Much of that "night time/wasted time" is spent here on Spark. - LOL)

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2BERUNNING 8/1/2012 10:48AM

    Ohhhh Zumba - I so wanna hear how this goes. emoticon

Great goals AB! You can do it, I believe in you emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/1/2012 8:11AM

    I think you can reach all of these! Our goals are VERY similar except I am training for a HM-my 1st. Keep us all posted as to how you are doing with these. I am cheering you on. Go Mary Go...Go Mary Go!
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AMANDAETR 8/1/2012 3:49AM

    emoticon Going to bed on time is hard for me too. I'm more of a night person, so going to bed early and waking up early is not easy for me!

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Summer Plan between BLC rounds

Monday, July 16, 2012

Assisgnment: to write about my plan to stay on track during the Biggest Loser Challenge break. To not over complicate things I put my plan in an outline form to keep me focused.
a. read- currently reading Live Fit and Be Well
b. podcasts- No Excuses Workouts, Marathon Traning Academy, Jillian Michaels
c. friends- share experiences, catch up,
d. Olympics/other sporting events
a. log onto CAMO chat thread daily
b. participate in a summer challenge
c. read positive blogs/posts each day
3. TRAINING (in the midst of training for marathons # 11& 12)
a. plan and log food
b. exercise according to plan (long runs/speed runs) cross training
c. keep an open/flexible mind
a. get to bed at set time to have at least 7 hours sleep a night
b. reward my hard efforts with a personal me time reward each week
c. practice relaxing trechniques (breathing, yoga, extra rest)
a. Zumba class
b. Spin class
c. videos
d. food/recipes

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JANICEMC 7/17/2012 4:25PM

    Love the plan and the outline! I'll be seeing you on CAMO. Enjoy your break.

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ANNERBEES 7/17/2012 11:59AM

    Well thought out plans! I love it! emoticon

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2BERUNNING 7/16/2012 7:08PM

    Awesome plan AB! Together we are going to rock the break :)

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LOPEYP 7/16/2012 3:59PM

    I think you'll be very busy during your break doing lots of good things! Enjoy!!

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ZORAHGAIL 7/16/2012 3:44PM

    I like this a lot. Awesome plan Mary!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 7/16/2012 2:40PM

    emoticon plan!

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    Awesome Plan.

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/16/2012 6:21AM

    Great plan! I might steal some of your points to work on myself, particularly the set time for going to bed.

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Happy 4th of July and fond memories

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Today is a fun filled holiday in the USA! Flags waving, picnics, watermelon, hot weather.....etc...
Those are my memories growing up on how we celebrated the best summer holiday ever! It was also my dad's birthday which made it even more special.

For many years to celebrate the day we would meet up at the extended family house on Lake Hopatcong in NJ for a crab feast. Some of my uncles, (my mom's brothers) would get crabs from Maryland and have them sitting in wooden baskets at the back door of the family style house on the lake. It was a large wooden house with a garage and a stone tree lined drive leading up to it.

It was the once a year meeting with my cousins, aunts and uncles that just about everyone was there for. All the picnic tables were pushed together and covered with newspapers to protect them from the soon to be piles of crab shells. This is where I developed my love of seafood, especially crab.

Pitchers of beer and glasses of soda (for us kids) lined the tables and the conversations were loud and joyous. It was a great time and we kids couldn't wait until it would start to get dark so we could see the fireworks and have our very own sparkler to hold.

The boats would start to dot the lake and the lights of sparklers started to appear. That signaled to us that it was time for us to join in. One of my uncles would hand out the silver rods and give us careful instructions on how to hold them. For a few minutes we were like owners of shooting stars with steams of light from our hands. I loved waving it around and even writing my name in the air. It all ended too soon as the light faded.

As was the custom, a birthday cake in the shape of an American Flag was brought out for my Dad and candles lit the night darkness. We all enjoyed the celebration and it's amazing that after all these years I can see it all in my mind's eye.

Today my Dad would have been 95. It's been 21 years since his passing He died on 5 July 1991....today I run in his memory and will wear my Stars and Stripes.

May you all make bold and strong memories so that twenty one years from now, someone can paint a verbal picture of them!

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    You are making me hungry talking about crabs, mmm yum.

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2BERUNNING 7/5/2012 12:45PM

    emoticon Hope you enjoyed your run for your dad. He was lucky to have such as sweet girl! Love your memories and thanks for sharing them.

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LYNNANN43 7/4/2012 11:10PM

    One word... SPARKLERS!!!!! emoticon

All joking aside, you brought back my memories of Ocean City, NJ and my family on the 4th of July's! emoticon

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    It is a great day to celebrate his memory with new generations.

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BD3269PM 7/4/2012 8:25AM

    Loved your blog. It brought back great memories of celebrating the 4th when I was younger. Enjoy today---it is raining here but I am hopeful that it will clear. emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 7/4/2012 8:22AM

    nice blog! good luck with your race!

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What is YOUR deepest fear?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

How's that for a question?? Something to ponder and be honest about. The following is a great quote and a challenge to reach beyond, dig deeper and come forth from what IS to what CAN/WILL be! Time to face any fear and release the freedom!

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our
deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not
serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about
shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure
around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were
born to make manifest the glory of God that is within
us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same. As
we're liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others."

- Marianne Williamson

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2BERUNNING 6/30/2012 9:56PM

    Wow, did you write that blog at me??? That is a deep deep question and a great one.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 6/30/2012 10:13AM

    That is great. It is why I always say If you dream it you can do it.

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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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    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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