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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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    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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HEALTH4LYFE 10/2/2012 6:39PM

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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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ZMONEY 9/30/2012 7:16PM

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MAGGIENCALI 9/30/2012 6:37PM

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

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    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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BLC20 Plan for Success

Monday, September 17, 2012

I've been thinking about how to organize my Success Plan and the best way for me is to keep it simple and basic.

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
b. podcasts- listen weekly to No Excuses Workouts, Marathon Training Academy
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.
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
c. get at least 7 hours of sleep 6 days a week
d. drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
e. limit time-wasting activities so I can concentrate on what is most important during my day.
a. reward my hard efforts with a personal me time reward each week
b. do relaxing techniques each day (breathing, yoga, extra rest)
c. enjoy my hobby of cross stitching by completing at least 3 Christmas gifts.
a. listen to others
b. remain curious (there are no failures..just opportunities to learn)
d. food/recipes
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!!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/28/2012 11:24AM

    Great plans. I have full confidence you're going to check these all off:) have fun

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JDUBLANKO 9/19/2012 1:04PM

    Good plan as usual...still not sure how some of this is basic...lol

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WOLF-SPIRIT 9/18/2012 11:52PM

    Very interesting and well thought out. I will have to come back to this and check out the resources you are referring to. (It's bedtime for me right now.)
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SHARON10002 9/18/2012 10:59PM

    These are great goals and a plan! All are doable! emoticon

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JANEGSN 9/18/2012 4:32AM

    Lots of things to work on but all sound so good to do.

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    Looks like a doable plan for you.

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JAZZID 9/17/2012 6:24PM

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2BERUNNING 9/17/2012 5:53PM

    Awesome plan AB! You can do it, I believe in you 110% emoticon

I'm enjoying the Fire Starter Sessions, have a feeling it's going to be a real eye opener for me.

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WILSON1926 9/17/2012 5:39PM


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SIX years!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Today marks SIX big years since I found SparkPeople. emoticon emoticon
I remember that I had read a post on a running website about Spark and decided to check it out. I didn't jump right into anything as I was confused by it all. The main thing is, I stayed.
I kept showing up, day after day, week after week.. and now year after year! emoticon

What have I gotten out of Sparkpeople that would keep me here for six years?!
The great people, it's free, the amazing articles, the food/fitness tracking, and on and on.
I have learned alot about myself through my time here and continue to learn.
I came to Spark about 15 pounds heavier then I am now. However, I have maintained an over 50 pound weight loss for 10 years. Spark has helped me do this as well as my more active lifestyle...my name says it.. I run!

I will continue to stay on Spark because the journey isn't finished. I've got lots more to learn, lots more great goals to achieve, and many more people to help me along the way.
A huge thank you to each and every person that has touched my journey here. You have shared something with me that has changed me in one way or another. I am grateful for you and to this amazing website and all those who work so hard to keep it going.

May each of you reading this be blessed in your Spark and life journey. It's a great ride!

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SHARON10002 9/11/2012 9:17PM

    Six years, and 50 pounds; that's a HUGE achievement! emoticon
Even though I've only been on SP about 2.5 years, I totally agree with your reasons for staying! I wish you continued success! emoticon

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BUFFEDSTUFF-- 9/2/2012 6:56PM

  Yippee, emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/27/2012 10:31AM

    Oh I like that last quote. I need to remember that one.
Happy Sparkversary : )

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KELLEEH 8/26/2012 8:20PM

    Wow, I am impressed! Congratulations!

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    Can't imagine Spark without you.

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RAIDERMOM2277 8/25/2012 6:35PM

  Mary..Wow has it been that long? I think I joined shortly after you. It has been interesting to say the least. Congratulations on your 6 years with SP. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, your an amazing woman. emoticon

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LOPEYP 8/25/2012 6:18PM

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Happy anniversary. It is a great site and there are so many wonderful helpful people here.

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I'm an addict

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Ok.. there I said it.. I admit it.. I'm an addict...
I'm addicted to the London 2012 Olympics!!

What is the first thing I do when I go downstairs after putting the dogs out at 06:00?? Hmm.. Turn on the BBC Breakfast show and use it as background to get caught up on what will be happening in all the venues for the day.
I want to know what has happened overnight while I was sleeping!!!

I leave the TV on so long that it goes into sleep mode and I have to restart it to keep watching.

I plan my run so that I can be back in time to watch people like the Brownlee Brothers in the Triathlon! Make sure the dog walk fits in between the cycling kerin races so I see Team GB win! Leave the TV on while I am doing office work so I can run down stairs when the rowers are nearing the finish line.!!

I have watched sports that I didn't think I would find interesting! Judo, water polo, badminton, field hockey, and sports that I know a little about I have learned the ins and outs of the competition. I realized that I have done many of the sports/events growing up that are included in the Olympics.

I am staying up late to see how the day concludes. I am eagerly switching from one BBC channel to another to see what event is being shown in its entirety without commentary! I schedule my day around the most important events so I don't miss them. I study the boxing stance of the competitors, I watch the running style of the sprinters, I notice the rowing form of the double skullers!!

Like I said in the beginning of this blog.. I'm addicted! My one concern is what am I going to do when the closing ceremonies bring this amazing and wonderful London games to an end????!!! Will I suffer withdrawal?? What will I do to replace the void from all the athletic stimulus??
Ponder all this I will...and carry it forward into my own personal goals!

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/22/2012 8:17AM

    I got a bit addicted too, GB did so well!! At least you've got the paralympic games.

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JAZZID 8/15/2012 11:22PM

    ... hey, there are far worse things to be addicted to!!!!!! Enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/7/2012 11:29PM

    This olympic I have not watched anything at all - but I completely do understand the addiction because I have been there done that somewhere back in the 1990th... and when it was over it was over and it was ok.

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2BERUNNING 8/7/2012 12:02PM

    Well if you are going to be an addict, that's not a horrible thing to be addicted too LOL Enjoy your time and to fill that void you could try a new sport emoticon

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    I am with you on certain events.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/7/2012 9:56AM

    hahaha-you will totally have olympic withdraw. I love your dedication. The Olympics are addictive. You got it, dig deep and muster up some amazing goals after being inspired by all these awesome athletes. Happy watching today:)

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MONTREAL12 8/7/2012 9:39AM

  Lovely personalization of a great event! emoticon emoticon

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