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It has been 1 tough month away.....


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nothing too exciting - small vacations here and there. During and in between I have been training for my 1st half marathon of this season. We will be heading to Maine to run the half marathon distance at the Maine Marathon.

Training is going along, but this heat and humidity is making meeting paces difficult. I continue to push as much as I can. All I hope is that Maine temperatures will be cool and the air dry. We will see what happens.

I have managed to register for several other races - Starting in January I will start training for Big Sur Marathon - should be interesting, considering I have run a marathon with no formal training ... now I will train for this one seriously so I can make the 6 hour cut-off.

Races in my calendar so far: Maine, Lighthouse Loop, St. Augustine, Women's Half, HITS open triathlon, Celebration half marathon, and Big Sur.

On my radar: Mt. Dora, Palm Beaches, Ocala, 5 points of Life, and a hilly marathon for training purposes.

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GUNNSGIRL91303 1/6/2014 12:55PM

    I have no doubts that you will succeed in all your racing events! You are the most inspiring person!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/8/2013 12:58PM

    Hopefully your racing and training is going great! Can't wait for an update... :-)

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IPA-RAY 10/3/2013 4:10PM

    Now that I'm back on Spark, it is nice to read about you again. You are going coast to coast from the Maine marathon to Big Sur! Two beautiful places!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 9/28/2013 6:50AM

    Jealous of Big Sur, that is on my bucket list. I have complete faith in you making it by 6 hours with good training.

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 9/18/2013 9:29AM

    WOW Mary! You are doing great. I think the temps will be perfect for your Maine Run..
Wishing you the best. I know you can do it...

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MIRAGE727 9/17/2013 10:38PM

    Looking good, Mary! Stay strong! Positive waves!
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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/17/2013 10:07PM

    Busy, busy Girl! You will love running in Maine. I haven't been there I years, but I always loved it up there.
Come train in southern middle Tennessee! We have tons of hills!

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BOILHAM 9/17/2013 6:21PM

    Have you considered the Tallahassee Marathon? It's pancake flat and a small venue. I would like to do Mt Dora, too but they are too close together for me.
Keep up the good training.


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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/17/2013 4:54PM

    Congratulations on getting into Big Sur -- I couldn't believe how quickly it sold out this year!

When is your race in Maine? I seem to remember that it is in the Portland area. If so, and if it's in October, I think you will really enjoy the weather.

We are actually making a quick trip to Portland, ME, this weekend for a Memorial Service for DH's father. We'll spend Saturday afternoon on a big sailboat off Bailey Island.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/17/2013 3:54PM

    hey, you still amaze and inspire me!!

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MBSHAZZER 9/17/2013 3:39PM

    Mary, I wouldn't worry too much about hitting your paces in the summer. I pretty much run just to run between June and October. You have quite the schedule going on - enjoy it!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/17/2013 2:57PM

    Wow, a busy schedule!

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WORTHEYMOM 9/17/2013 2:14PM

    agree heat and humidity has really gotten the best of me this summer! I'm getting back into the swing of things though! sounds like you have some great race plans!

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NINJALINDA 9/17/2013 2:11PM

    Wow, you have a busy schedule coming up! You should really enjoy Maine. It is beautiful, and should be nice & cool-low humidity.

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CRYSBROWN1 9/17/2013 1:37PM

    You have ome awesome races on the horizon! If you are training in those Florida temps Maine is going to feel wonderful for your half!

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MARGARITTM 9/17/2013 1:10PM

    I am in Maine - will be running a different 1/2 that day - but am volunteering for packet pick up Friday and clean up on The day of the race.

Temps are usually low 50's pretty much a runners dream! The course for the 1/2 is slightly hilly - but with some nice views.. Hope you have enough time here in the NE to enjoy our fabulous foliage!

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ETTEZEUS 9/17/2013 12:53PM

    Awesome schedule Mary. Where are you doing the hilly marathon. Sucks that we have no hills.
I'm not sure how much more running I'll be doing. Unless the weather breaks soon, it's lost its appeal to me. I'd much rather bike ride.

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RDARLING 9/17/2013 11:34AM

    Lots of races to train for! I am thinking I need to sign up for a 5k or 10k so I have something to work towards!
I agree that heat and humidity had been a hinder in running this year. Glad weather is turning more fall like up here in Minnesota!

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