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DAY 1: Being Thankful

Thursday, November 01, 2012

November is associated with Thanksgiving so I thought I would spend time each day writing one thing I am thankful for and add to it.

November 1: emoticon That all my family are safe from the devestating super storm Sandy.

  
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OLIVIANIGHT 11/1/2012 4:54PM

    What a lovely, positive idea : )

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JANICEMC 11/1/2012 4:52PM

    What a great idea. Looking forward to reading each gratitude.

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TRILLIUM22 11/1/2012 4:44PM

    That is great. We have lots of family in Maryland, Philly, New York and Boston and they are all fine too.

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A Memorial Marathon

Thursday, October 25, 2012

This seems to be the season for marathons. Usually in the fall and spring they can be found every weekend. Over here in the UK it's like that just as it is in the USA and Europe and further afield.

It is my goal to do two marathons a year and I didn't know if this year I would be able to do even one. I had to pull out of training in the spring for a half AND a full due to lower back issues. I healed up over a couple of weeks and drew a line in the sand and planted a flag to run two marathons this fall. They happen to be two weeks apart.

The first of these two I completed in Liverpool 14 October. With no headphones allowed I ran to the music of my own breathing, footstrikes, and thoughts. 26.2 miles is a long way!! There were some road issues for me and my time wasn't as I wanted or planned for, but I did finish without my legs seizing up on me as they did last year.

As I devoured the finish line banana, and bottle of water I collected my kit bag and ransacked it to find my peanut butter and banana sandwich to eat on my walk back to my hotel. Slowly I proceeded and thought of how in two short weeks I would be out on the marathon road again!!

Here it is just three days away from Marathon 12 in Preston. It's a special race that is only held every 20 years to celebrate the Preston Guild. For each runner that completes the four race series (5k, 10K, half or full marathon, 10 mile) a special "bling" will be presented in November after the last race.

While out on a training run yesterday I stopped at a neighbour's house to let her know how sad I was to learn of the passing of her lovely dog Sophie. We spent time and tears talking about both Sophie and her younger half sister Sasha who lives with another member of family. (Sophie is on the right) We remembered the greetings of Sophie to me and our dog when I would be out walking. I then shared with her the heartache my husband and I are going through at the loss of his father. It was good therapy to both talk and listen to someone who could understand. We grieved together.

Talk then shifted to Sunday's marathon and how she admired the fact I was running another one. I told her how I couldn't believe I was doing it again so soon and how important it is to keep focus while out on the road for the amount of hours. She said to me.."Run it for Sophie". I thought why not?!

So after leaving her house and continuing on my run I thought of Ms Sophie and her lovely groomed face and sweet disposition. Her wagging tail and little pink rain coat. I also thought of my 90 year old late father in law's struggle with dementia and frailness of body. I could use my memories of them to push me through the struggles that will come on Sunday during the 26.2 miles of the marathon. They will be my centering point when my mind wanders and wonders why I am out there AGAIN! When I start to get tired and legs and hips start to ache I will think of them and continue on to the finish line. (A young Lenny in the RAF)

  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/26/2012 11:50AM

    You will do awesome I am sure of it


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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/26/2012 9:17AM

    That is absolutely lovely

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/26/2012 8:54AM

    Great focus:) Have fun on the next race and good luck!

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LOPEYP 10/25/2012 6:48PM

    Great way to stay focused! Good luck on the next race!

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TRILLIUM22 10/25/2012 6:19PM

    Great Blog. I love the picture of your father in law. Using Sophia and him to help focus you is a great idea. Have a great marathon.

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Half way Hash out

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

These are the goals I set down in a blog on 17 September. As it's half way through BLC20 time to revisit and hash out what I planned to do and what I have done and what to continue on with!

1. MIND~~I see this as the main focus of my plan. Keeping positive and well focused will mean keeping my mind in the right place. I will do this by:
a. read- finish "Live Fit and Be Well", read The Fire Starter Sessions DONE!, currently reading THe Fire Starter Sessions
b. podcasts- listen weekly to No Excuses Workouts, Marathon Training Academy DONE, I listen to the No Ex Workouts while at gym and the MTA while on runs.
c. people- connect with all three of my children each week through phone or emails.
log into SPARK each day and read at least one blog and comment on it. NEEDS WORK, I'm not connecting each week with all three of my kids, but keeping tabs with my daughter more...than the boys. WOrking on this! Reading more blogs than before but not on recently as much due to family issues.
2. BODY~taking care of my body will ensure I take care of my health and that is imperative
a. eat within my calorie range with whole, clean and healthy foods
b. train according to my plan for marathons #11 and 12 MARATHON 11 DONE!
c. get at least 7 hours of sleep 6 days a week Still working on this!!
d. drink at least 8 glasses of water per day NO PROBLEM with the water
e. limit time-wasting activities so I can concentrate on what is most important during my day. BEtter time management is a work in progress
3. SOUL/SPIRIT
a. reward my hard efforts with a personal me time reward each week I DO THIS
b. do relaxing techniques each day (breathing, yoga, extra rest) I Seem to forget this one
c. enjoy my hobby of cross stitching by completing at least 3 Christmas gifts. ALMOST DONE WITH FIRST ONE....need to up my pace!!
4. BE OPEN (Keep reminding myself of this
a. listen to others
b. remain curious (there are no failures..just opportunities to learn)
d. food/recipes
5. REWARDS
The most important reward for me will be to be a healthier, fitter, more stamina filled runner who can continue to stay off of her high blood pressure medicine and complete the Preston Guild Race Series with the last race 18 November, one week before my 61 birthday!!! (I'm on target with this.....race 3 is this weekend!!)

I can see that I'm a work in process and progress. It's not about perfection as I will never be perfect.. It's about moving and doing the best I can each day that I can.
All I have to do is look at a picture of me from 10 years ago and I don't know who that woman is!! My life is healthier, and I am happier than I used to be. I'm pleased with where I am and where I am going!

  
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ANNERBEES 10/23/2012 8:30PM

    emoticon emoticon You are one amazing inspirational woman!!

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LOPEYP 10/23/2012 12:33PM

    Fabulous!

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2BERUNNING 10/23/2012 11:47AM

    emoticon You are doing WONDERFUL!

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TRILLIUM22 10/23/2012 11:21AM

    emoticon Refocusing your commitment is really helpful

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/23/2012 10:38AM

    You are doing well and you are improving...

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Run with JOY!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

If a picture is worth a thousand words...Here's my take on the 10K race I finished today!


Like I said in my previous post....I was gonna run with joy today.. and indeed I did!!

( I tried to post more pics and words, but had some SPARK issues so this shortened version will have to do)

  
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WENDYSPARKS 10/8/2012 4:37PM

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BEMORESTUBBORN 10/8/2012 4:35PM

    What a great smile! Congratulations on running with joy - a lot of people don't and it's a wonderful experience.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/4/2012 12:56AM

    Oh Mary. You look so joyful-I LOVE it! Great day, great memories, great job finishing!

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2BERUNNING 10/3/2012 12:50PM

    emoticon Great job on your run AB!

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Your change in attitude from dreading the 10K to this photo is clearly evident. So glad you were able to run with joy! emoticon

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JANICEMC 9/30/2012 11:32PM

    Great job on your race. You look so happy!

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ANNERBEES 9/30/2012 7:45PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! You definitely show joy!!! emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIE805 9/30/2012 6:37PM

    Love it!!!! Congrats on an awesome race today. You are an inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/30/2012 5:23PM

    WooHoo Congrats!!!

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Run like it's my first

Friday, September 28, 2012

I'm a long distance runner. Shorter distances are harder for me to do. The only time I ever do a 5K (3.1 miles) is the annual Cancer Research UK Race for Life. It's not really timed and it's for a great cause. I never have to worry about being last because there are thousands of women doing whatever speed they want.

When I sign up for a 10k (6.2 miles) it's has to be for a good reason. Most often they are to help me with my speed for marathon training. I do them but I don't enjoy them. I work super hard running them and yes it hurts! (mainly my lungs!)

Here I am two days away from a 10K race. Sunday 30 September I will be running the Preston Guild 10K race in Preston, Lancashire, England. Just a short distance from where I live and I've done it twice before. I know the course, and can run it in my mind right now.

But running it in my mind will only cause my stomach to go queasy! I know the narrow start line, the run through the center of town and then the loop through again and out to the park, the down hill and left to the footpaths/cycleway along the tree lined broader path, then out to the far end, along the road and back through the park over the river and back up and down a narrow path before heading back up the killer hill out of the park to the town center again and the run in to the finish line.
SREECHHHHHHH! I'm stopping that tape, I'm tossing it.. and I'm going to erase what I know of this race. There is no sense in getting myself all worked up about it! That will only cause stress and stress is not what a runner wants before hitting a start line. I'm going to run with joy!

Therefore...I'm looking at this as the first time doing a 10K. I'm going with the excitement of achieving a goal. I will lace up my shoes with the vision of getting my finisher medal/shirt and wearing it proudly! I will be able to check off two of the four races I need to complete in the Preston Guild 2012 Series of Races. I will look forward to the bling I will receive when all four races are finished. OH yeah..... I LOVE the BLING!!!

The pictures I've chosen are very special. The first is my very first race...the next is me crossing over the finish line of the race I'm going to do on Sunday in a new PB time. the next is my finisher shirt for that race and the final picture is my 10th marathon medal collected at the Liverpool Marathon a year ago and the one I will be running again in just over two weeks for marathon 11 in six short years!!!

  
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BUFFEDSTUFF-- 9/30/2012 8:40PM

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JILLIANPRNCSS 9/30/2012 6:29AM

    You amaze me. LOVE IT!!!!!!

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TRILLIUM22 9/29/2012 3:24PM

    I have done 3 5k's and no 10k's. I agree they are a hard distance to wrap my head around. You have to push so hard for a relatively short period of time to get a good finishing time. And it seems like so much work to go just 3.1 miles.

Good luck on your 10k.

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SEAWILLOW 9/29/2012 4:07AM

    emoticon Champion! emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/28/2012 10:17PM

    wow wow wow! so many accomplishments to be proud of. I cannot even imagine running 1 marathon but you are going on 11-wowzers!!! I hope to be able to say this one day. I love the distance as well. Just wonderful. Happy running
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2BERUNNING 9/28/2012 8:14PM

    You are such an inspiration to me :)

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