HILLRUNNER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HILLRUNNER HILLRUNNER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ SMART Goals for BLC/CAMO24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601021 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1120490287.jpg"> <BR> My goals for this new round are Specific, Measurable, Realistic, and have a Timetable. <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 10 lbs or 5% of current body weight by the end of this round. <BR> 2. Complete the Jamie Eason's Live Fit Workout Plan. I am currently in week 4. <BR> 3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep in bed a night. (not falling asleep in the downstairs chair!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:06:08 EST BLC24 GOALS- Because, "Goals not written down are just DREAMS" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589558 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l636646086.jpg">I've had a lot of DREAMS over the years....and yes I have written them down to make them goals. I have seen goals achieved and therefore I know I CAN do what I set my mind to do. I want 2014 to be the year of ROUTINES...the year of COMPLETION...the year I DO IT! I want and plan for BLC24/CAMO24 to be a ROCKIN' ROUND! Here is my plan to ROCK! <BR> <BR> 1. MIND~~I see this as the main focus of my plan. Keeping positive and wel... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:10:46 EST 10K Thoughts and Making a Legacy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461332 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736014273.jpg">I ran another 10K this past Sunday on a course that I am very familiar with. I have run it 3 times before. I like this race because of the varied abilities of those participating. <BR> It is a pretty flat course except for three inclines that go over the motorway. <BR> <BR> For this weekend's challenge I needed to write about what type of legacy I want to leave, what type of story I want others to read about me. <BR> I had be... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:42:30 EST I am Enough Right NOW!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446629 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1541165852.jpg">This week on my CAMO team our Special part of the weekly challenge was to write about what is holding me back from the weight loss/fitness results I want. Here is my revelation: <BR> <BR> I AM A WARRIOR, but I forget that sometimes and let the fear of success and failure take my mind on a side street, off the path of my journey to my goals. <BR> This was brought home to me last week as I was preparing for a short run. <BR> ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 15:29:06 EST Snips and Snails.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422661 .....sure make the cutest baby boys!!!! <BR> <BR> Welcoming little Montana born Alexander James born 05:21 MT 15 July 2013 <BR> 7 lb, 4oz. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1572137370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2066966019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He is the first child for my youngest son and wife. This very proud and happy grandmother of FIVE will get to hold him for the first time in Sept when hubs and I go over for a visit. I am c... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 06:41:07 EST CAMO/BLC22 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386068 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184608347.jpg"> <BR> It's that time again...time to put my dreams on paper....and make them GOALS! <BR> <BR> Here are my SMART goals for this round: <BR> <BR> **SPECIFIC: I will lose 12 pounds by the end of this round. <BR> <BR> **MEASURABLE: I will log my food and keep within my calorie range of 1450-1700 cal. <BR> I will run 3x a week per my half marathon training program. <BR> I will ST 2x a week. <BR> I will box 1x a week. (My Super ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:52:17 EST The Heart of a Marathoner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325006 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452734927.jpg">There is something to be said about making the decision to commit to a training program that spans several months...to push yourself to train in all kinds of weather conditions....to participate in various distance races to improve your speed, stamina, and grit. It takes focus and determination to see beyond the hundreds of miles and pounds (dollars, euros..etc) to get to what awaits on the other side of that 26.2 mile maratho... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:02:14 EST ROCKSTAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237537 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l442471887.jpg"> <BR> It's not about where I've been...It's about where I'm going. <BR> It's not about the road behind...but the road ahead. <BR> It's not about the memories I try to forget, it's about the ones I'm about to make. <BR> <BR> Life is mine for the taking, <BR> Life is mine to hold <BR> Life is mine why am I waiting? <BR> Reach out, grab tight, hold on and go! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l965219767.jpg... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:26:26 EST MY C.A.M.O.21 Goal Board-Special Ops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227634 Here's my GOAL board for our Special Ops. <BR> It's my vision for my plan for success in this round (21) of BLC and C.A.M.O. Crew! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l520754636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It might be hard to read but my ACTIONS are: Clean Eat, Set time limits, FOCUS on what I am doing, Report to THE CREW every day!, ZUMBA, Better sleep habits (also, run like I stole something, and box like a champion!). <BR> <BR> The little note under me holding my second granddaug... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:08:28 EST Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l55252449.jpg">It's cold today. There is a light dust of snow this morning but more is expected. The wind is bitter and biting as I walked the dog in the not yet woken up morning. Dark with heavy laden swift moving clouds. I was glad to return to the warmth of the house. <BR> <BR> I have postponed my morning run I had planned...conditions too slippery, cold, windy. <BR> I will do an inside workout instead. <BR> <BR> It may sound like a do... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 03:55:09 EST Getting from here to there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154931 Being a visual person helps me to understand things better. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404002257.jpg">I'm going to use the visual of a bridge that I need to have strong to get be from the end of BLC/CAMO20 to BLC/CAMO21. <BR> Standing at the end of round 20 I need to have in place certain beams to get me over the chasm of the weeks until BLC/CAMO21 starts. <BR> These beams are basic and my I CAN DO THIS TODAY plan: <BR> 1) drink water like a wild woman! <BR> 2)... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:38:39 EST Day 30: Being Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149300 <em>426</em> 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. <BR> <BR> November 30: To have so much to be thankful for! <BR> November29: A gym to be able to work out in. <BR> November 28: Bright crisp days and clear star filled nights <BR> November 27: Being able bodied to be able to help someone who isn't <BR> November 26: Birthday wishes <BR> November 25: Love that passes all understanding. <BR> Novemb... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:45:25 EST EVERYday is a thanks-giving day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143171 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1182537132.jpg">Happy Thanks-giving! Yes it is the fourth Thursday of November and that means the traditional USA Thanksgiving Day. A day set aside to remember that "first Thanksgiving" between the Indians and Pilgrim fathers so many years ago. Also a day to give thanks for what we personally have. <BR> <BR> I would like to offer the thought that EVERY day is a day to give thanks. I have lived in the UK for just over ten years and this is a... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:35:42 EST I am going to have Thanksgiving Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142146 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60036577.jpg"> <BR> I am a HUGE fan of Jonathan Roche!! His podcasts are fantastic, his motivation is to the roof and his enthusiasm is contagious!! <BR> <BR> These are his suggestions I have put into my PLAN for tomorrow!! I'm already in Healthy Me mode...so this is a great springboard into Thursday. <BR> <BR> "Here are my 5 Tips to Thanksgiving Success: <BR> <BR> 1) Do a solid workout in the morning prior to hosting <BR> or going to a... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 03:44:13 EST How do YOU de-stress??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124750 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l631739846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As part of CAMO weekend DE-stress challenge (and to earn mega points) I'm listing some of the ways I find to de-stress!!! <BR> 1. close my eyes and count to 10 SLOWLY...count again if necessary!! <BR> 2. FIVE deep breaths/or more if need be! <BR> 3. Go into to the bathroom, shut the door and pray. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l582063561.jpg"> <BR> 4. Do something fun!! <BR> 5. DANCE <BR> 6 Go ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 11:11:42 EST DAY 27: Being Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121050 <em>426</em> 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. <BR> <BR> November 27: Being able bodied to be able to help someone who isn't <BR> November 26: Birthday wishes <BR> November 25: Love that passes all understanding. <BR> November 24: Friends to laugh with, and surprises in the mail. <BR> November 23: Phone calls and messages from children, family, and friends over the miles <BR> November 22: ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 04:39:53 EST DAY 1: Being Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120502 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. <BR> <BR> November 1: <em>426</em> That all my family are safe from the devestating super storm Sandy. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:11:07 EST A Memorial Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112748 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. <BR> <BR> 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 tw... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:37:21 EST Half way Hash out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109678 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l207525338.jpg">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! <BR> <BR> 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: <BR> a. read- finish "Live Fit and Be Well", read The Fire Starter Sessions DON... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:45:35 EST Run with JOY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080809 If a picture is worth a thousand words...Here's my take on the 10K race I finished today! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l933473118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Like I said in my previous post....I was gonna run with joy today.. and indeed I did!! <BR> <BR> ( I tried to post more pics and words, but had some SPARK issues so this shortened version will have to do) <BR> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:14:31 EST Run like it's my first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078690 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. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l956519788.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 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... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:11:36 EST BLC20 Plan for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063634 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l476929956.jpg"> <BR> I've been thinking about how to organize my Success Plan and the best way for me is to keep it simple and basic. <BR> <BR> 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: <BR> a. read- finish "Live Fit and Be Well", read The Fire Starter Sessions <BR> b. podcasts- listen weekly to No Excuses Workout... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:36:20 EST SIX years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030558 Today marks SIX big years since I found SparkPeople. <em>104</em> <em>334</em> <BR> 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. <BR> I kept showing up, day after day, week after week.. and now year after year! <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> What have I gotten out of Sparkpeople that would keep me here for six years?! <BR> The great people, it's free, th... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 13:36:09 EST I'm an addict http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004728 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l178452813.jpg">Ok.. there I said it.. I admit it.. I'm an addict... <BR> I'm addicted to the London 2012 Olympics!! <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> I want to know what has happened overnight while I was sleeping!!! <img src="http://photo... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 09:36:44 EST AUGUST GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995724 Can't believe we are in month 8 of 2012. <BR> I am not looking back but forward to the next 31 days: <BR> My goals are simple and reflective of my previous blog. <BR> <BR> 1. KEEP POSITIVE! <BR> 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. <BR> 3. TRAINING: I... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 03:20:46 EST Summer Plan between BLC rounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972225 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l390475871.jpg"> <BR> 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. <BR> 1. KEEP POSITIVE! <BR> a. read- currently reading Live Fit and Be Well <BR> b. podcasts- No Excuses Workouts, Marathon Traning Academy, Jillian Michaels <BR> c. friends- share experiences, catch up, <BR> d. Olympics/other sporting events... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 04:25:49 EST Happy 4th of July and fond memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954556 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l803810557.jpg">Today is a fun filled holiday in the USA! Flags waving, picnics, watermelon, hot weather.....etc... <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> 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) wou... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 03:29:15 EST What is YOUR deepest fear? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948714 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l132006613.jpg"> <BR> 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! <BR> <BR> <BR> "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our <BR> deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. <BR> <BR> It is our light, not our darkness that most... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 09:40:48 EST What Early Morning Runners Get To Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936146 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. <BR> <BR> I've had many animal encounters on my running roads, here are just a few: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l761975492.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and this one: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l882231069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> and how about these? <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:36:28 EST Anything you can dance to ...Pudsey can too!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911587 This little video clip is my inspiration for the theme I chose for the BLC Dance Sparkpage competition. <BR> These were the winners for this season's Britian's Got Talent last month! <BR> Semi Final Super! <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qNbi-KvLrM&<BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> NOw here's the Winning performance!! <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGt_6foIZDU&<BR>feature=related </link> Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:11:06 EST Signed up Again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867414 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l822648305.jpg"> <BR> I'm just about to cross the finish line of my 10th marathon in this pic, Liverpool. <BR> Have a look at this link, it's the official video clip of the 2011 Liverpool Marathon: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2QYdRygSkE&<BR>feature=relmfu </link> <BR> <BR> I made the commitment today, and signed up for the 2012 Oct 14 race!! <BR> Look out number 11!! (I had to back out of doing any races these past 3 months... Sat, 5 May 2012 09:58:14 EST This is a Game, and I'm Going to Win/BLC19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857243 THIS IS A GAME AND I'M GOING TO WIN! <BR> I really love that quote. I read it on a blog and it stuck! <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l941938705.jpg">I've got my game face on this round, and I'm going to win. Positive thinking is go... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 09:02:49 EST 100 days and counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841337 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l396668733.jpg"> <BR> It's another waypoint to the London Olympics....100 DAYS! <BR> 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!! <BR> <BR> 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 rethoug... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:07:28 EST What to do when you just don't wanna do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734062 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l617511371.jpg">I'm training again for ANOTHER marathon (and half)! This will be number 11 marathon and I don't know right off how many halves I've done but it's at least the same but most likely many more. <BR> <BR> There are days when I just don't wanna....don't wanna run, or ST, or just do. <BR> It's like the voice of a little child whining about doing what she knows is in front of her, but would rather just sit. <BR> So what do I do on t... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 17:13:22 EST 2012- MY olympic year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652105 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l836464363.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Finally it's the year the Olympic games come to London...just a fast 2 hour train ride from me. There will be increasing excitement as the time approaches and the entire country gets caught up in it. There seems to be at least one commercial nightly that has something to do with the games. I wager this will only increase as July approaches. <BR> <BR> The official start to the games is 27 July... with the torch rel... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 18:54:42 EST And this is how New Years is done over here!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650938 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l491471640.jpg">Just want to wish everyone a great and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! <BR> <BR> Wanted to share this great clip of how New Year's was celebrated in LONDON! <BR> Enjoy and pay special attention to the music.....it's all UK related. <link>www.bing.com/videos/search?q=utube+l<BR>ondon+new+year+2012&docid=154821217564<BR>5&mid=D08E225894226E95A4FAD08E22589422<BR>6E95A4FA&FORM=VIRE7# </link> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:18:43 EST Another year ending...New beginnings await http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644403 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l356840496.jpg">2011 is just about to fade away and a new 2012 is coming into focus. <BR> Looking back this year has seen some major achievements for me. <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> I took up boxing and love it. I have been going consistently twice a week for most of the year. <BR> I ran Marathon 9 and 10! <BR> Edinburgh in May was a new personal best in terrible windy conditions. <BR> Liverpool in October was my goal of 10 marathons before I ... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:35:03 EST My SAC Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627895 Create a to-do list for the weekend by no later than noon on Friday. Include goals that you want to accomplish (fitness, nutrition, etc.) or simply things that need to get done. The list should have at least 20 items on it (5 for each day). At the end of the weekend, post the number of goals that you accomplished. Note: Each goal must take more than 15 minutes to complete for it to count in this challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1-Finish Isabella's Christmas ornament <BR> 2-Find last gift for son/... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:00:18 EST Countdown...THE taper week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4515306 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576610608.jpg"> <BR> One week, and Liverpool will be a memory. I pray a good memory of course. <BR> I've crossed over to the final taper week of this marathon training. I've done this nine times before, and each time I have the same feelings. <BR> <BR> These feelings of queasy stomach begin. I re trace in my mind a virtual Marathon Montague of where I've been before and all those emotions come back. I can sense the self doubt, the concern o... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 15:35:29 EST Under Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510869 <link>www.bing.com/videos/search?q=under+p<BR>ressure+queen&docid=1156078699466&mid=<BR>7A3A9FEA0549B89D7B507A3A9FEA0549B89D7B<BR>50&FORM=VIRE4# </link> <BR> <BR> By way of that introduction video I ask a pondering question; what happens when something is squeezed?...... <BR> <BR> ....It changes, it contorts, it stretches and sometimes, it shatters. Reaching its breaking point it succumbs to the added strain and pressure put upon it and breaks! (much like one of the objects in the video... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:44:17 EST Every picture tells a story... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445234 and a picture is worth a thousand words. <BR> A very very proud and happy hub with his 6 hour-old first grandchild...Isabella! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l323948928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's a bonus pic of me with her...at 30 hours. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l78073951.jpg"> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 05:16:55 EST Ash and rubble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4417219 That is what is left after a gang sets fire to a car, a house, a business... ash and rubble. But it's not just the physical that gets affected, there are lives behind that. <BR> <BR> I just needed to express my hurt and sadness about what is going on over here in England, where I live. I'm not a native so I have images of riots from the streets of LA, Newark, Chicago and other USA cities. But these strike home to me as this is now the country I live in and it hurts just as bad. I do not live... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 18:53:37 EST Missing Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4343105 Yesterday wasn't just the 4th of July, it would have been my dad's 94th birthday. I remember how we always celebrated his birthday with lots of Red, White and Blue. He was a "Yankee, Doodle, Dandy" as my mom would sing. Lots of great memories I hold tight. <BR> <BR> Today has been especially difficult for me, for some reason the 20 year anniversary of his death has left me in tears several times. His life was like a circle, it began on 4 July 1917 and ended 5 July 1991. <BR> <BR> I celebrat... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 17:40:05 EST Picture Perfect...a Mooooving story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4293820 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l583638233.jpg">I am an avid outdoor runner for sure. I also love being able to do what I call "ramble runs" ...off road adventure type runs on local footpaths through the woods. Sometimes those aren't possible due to the wet conditions over here in England, and I head for the more rural roads. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite routes takes me on a dirt track passed a farm with several fields often dotted with a variety of sheep, lambs, cows and... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 15:59:18 EST In the PINK....Race For Life #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4293756 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l900097917.jpg">It's become an annual event for me...Cancer Research UK Race For Life! <BR> <BR> I walk/ran my first one back in 2004. A novice to the whole idea of running! I finished it red faced slightly out of breath but elated at my accomplishment. I did it in tribute to my mom's battle with cancer. <BR> <BR> The local park had been my testing ground to what I was capable of....and what I could/would become. Every June since I have lac... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 15:22:52 EST Neither Wind nor Rain…A Marathon Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4262013 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l986218216.jpg">I truly believe that a race is run in an athlete’s mind before ever reaching the course. It all starts with the desire, a goal, an ambition and unwavering determination to cross the finish line. Putting my own goals, desires, ambitions and unrelenting determination to the test in Edinburgh on 22 May moved the mental race plan once again to the physical. <BR> Sixteen weeks prior, on a cold 31 January, I began on the road to Ed... Sat, 28 May 2011 19:00:35 EST The time is here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4241568 IT's late, I should be asleep, but I'm putting these thoughts down before hubs and I leave in a few hours to drive up to Edinburgh. <BR> <BR> I'm honored and excited about another marathon. I can't believe that we are doing this again...that it's even possible. The girl who was never an athlete, who never really did sports, is now again running the 26.2 miles. <BR> <BR> This is a short shout out to all of those who have read my blogs, who travel the same road, who stand by the side lines an... Wed, 18 May 2011 16:49:57 EST One more 5 mile run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4239445 Counting the days on ONE hand now! <BR> Just 5 left.....one last 5 mile run in the morning. <BR> Hectic but planned day awaits....dogs to kennel...cat to cattery... <BR> pack....clean.....keys to neighbor....healthy meals....sleep early. <BR> <BR> There will be things to fill in where the blanks are..but that is the overall plan. <BR> I will work with an orderly progression. <BR> I will stay focused. <BR> I will use my time wisely. <BR> I will be ready. <BR> <BR> All postive thoughts now...... Tue, 17 May 2011 19:01:47 EST One day at a time...just breathe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4235390 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l661251818.jpg">This is when the nerves start to kick in. My nerves go and mind races with all I have to do in preparation for our drive up to Edinburgh for the marathon. <BR> <BR> This is not the time to stress.. to get anxious...to let my "to do" lists grow and grow till I am a babbling crazy woman who is losing her patience with everything and everyone! Nooo, not condusive to sanity. <BR> <BR> This IS the time to focus.. to do what is in... Mon, 16 May 2011 06:49:01 EST One Week till number 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4234585 I'm in count down mode to the Edinburgh Marathon! <BR> <BR> All my hard training is completed. I just have three 5 mile runs left until we drive up to Scotland. <BR> This is now the final taper week. My race number has arrived. I'm getting mentally ready to start packing... ..(to be continued) <BR> Sun, 15 May 2011 19:07:40 EST