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These two sum up my feelings about running:

"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." - Steve Prefontaine

We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport. By Alberto Salazar, American marathon
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These two sum up my feelings about running:

"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." - Steve Prefontaine

We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport. By Alberto Salazar, American marathon
runner and coach

"The real purpose of running isn't to win a race; it's to test the limits of the human heart. " by Bill Bowerman

It takes patience to become the best runner you can be. Top athletes realize that running is a long-term sport. It is set up for people who value delayed gratification and who like hard-earned success. - Anthony Famiglietti, two-time Olympian and six-time national champion

Jesse Owens said "We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort."

Current Status - Half Marathon training. I am using the FIRST plan. 10 weeks including track workouts and tempo runs along with 2 Long slow distance runs per week. The reason for two LSD runs is due to back to back half marathon runs (Disney's Donald Half and Disney's Chip & Dale's Marathon Relay)

Races for this season:
Oct 1 - Komen 10K - St. Petersburg 1:00:18 PR
Oct. 29 - Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon
Nov 20 - Women's Half Marathon - St. Petersburg
Nov 27 - Space Coast Half Marathon
Dec - look at a few possibilities
Jan - Disney's Donald Half Marathon
Jan - Disney's Chip & Dale Marathon Relay
Feb 13 - Rock n Roll Half Marathon - St. Petersburg
Mar - Look at a few possibilities

I have been running on and off since 1999. I am back at it and have set my goal to become a Lifetime Runner. I was sidetracked in December 2009 when I found out that I had torn my peroneal tendon in my left foot, which required surgery in January 2010. I then returned to running in June of 2010.....

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
Beverly Sills

"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses."
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.
--Chinese Proverb

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."
Vincent Lombardi

"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody."
Lily Tomlin

"A woman's wisdom is passed from one generation to the next. Today is a good day to reflect on the wisdom you've received and the wisdom you have to share with others."

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
Samuel Beckett

"Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some."
Robert Fulghum

"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be."
Groucho Marx

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 current weight: 123.8 


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Member Since: 7/23/2007

SparkPoints: 128,179

Fitness Minutes: 100,568

My Goals:
I want to maintain my goal weight and become healthy and fit. I want to be a lifetime runner. I also want to be around this world for a long time to come.

Simple enough goals, but sometimes it is so difficult to reach and maintain.

My goals for 2013
1. Continue to run and improve my speed and efficiency. Strive to be smart in my racing choices...when possible 1 long race per 30 days. So I can recovery and prepare for each race.
2. Decrease my body fat, by increasing my lean muscle. Be consistent with a strength training program - including weights and resistance training.
3. Declutter my home by working a minimum of 30 minutes each day around my house. Keeping those items I love or need. Empty Space is freedom.
4, Reduce my purchasing to only those things that are truly needed or replacing broken/used up items. I do NOT need to be a consumer constantly.
5. Add major cross-training to my exercise schedule. I need to schedule workout

My Program:
I figured I had better begin my spark page. I started at Spark people back in early 2008. I forgot about it, and rejoined after gaining 25 pounds, when I had a frozen shoulder. I reached my goal weight +/- 3 pounds of 120 in mid-August of 2009.

Maintain weight of 120+/- 3 pounds.

Other Information:
I love to read books. Almost any fictional type genre also now I am reading lots of training and running books. I am also working on trying to simplify my life.

2013 Statistics
Current 10K Armadillo 10K 59:55
Current Half Marathon PR 2:12:14 Lighthouse Loop
Current Marathon A1A 5:31:37

2012 Statistics
Current 5K PR 28:43.6
Half Marathon PR 2:12:47

2011 Statistics
*5K PR 30:16
*10K PR 1:00:18
*Half Marathon PR

2010 Statistics (Only 6 months of running-after 6 months off for tendon surgery)
*5K PR 32:27
*10K PR 1:07:56
*Half PR 2:20:24

2009 Statistics
*Current 5K PR 30:06.0
*Current 10K PR 1:01:08

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Member Comments:
6/26/2014 7:32:12 AM

You've been quiet. How is it going?

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6/17/2014 5:43:22 AM

Thanks for reading my blog :-) I think I'm down to zero following- not surprising considering I am almost never here anymore and rarely blog these days. I appreciate all your support!

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6/10/2014 4:36:16 PM

I know you are right about S90...maybe its mental toughness I need! But I really should get back at it and tomorrow I think I'll do the Day 1 workout for my ST exercise.

I gotcha, about the cooking...I wish I could eat out more often but our finances won't allow it. I guess its a good thing I enjoy cooking. Yesterday I made salmon patties from the Sparkpeople cookbook and they were emoticon

Have a great day Mary!

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6/9/2014 9:09:25 PM

Hi Mary, not sure what your latest comment means when you said "I don't cook like you do."

Did I insult you or say something I shouldn't have?

I'm no chef by any means so if you don't cook like me that is probably good, emoticon

I cook to please myself and my hubby and no one else!

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6/2/2014 12:40:31 PM

Thats a good question Mary and a bit controversial. Spark, and most health and nutrition experts, say that we must eat no less than 1200 calories a day to avoid starvation mode and losing muscle tone. However, I met with a nutritionist several years ago and at the time my I was eating between 1100 and 1300 calories a day. On that calorie regimen I lost NO weight, even gained a couple of pounds. My goal weight was 100 pounds and she told me that for me to eat 1100 or 1300 calories a day meant I would maintain and even gain weight. She did body composition testing and used calipers and showed me what my body fat % was and all of that. She said for me to lose weight I needed to multiply my goal weight by 10 and eat that amount of calories. So I reduced my caloric intake to 1000 calories and I did slowly begin to lose weight. At that time I went from 109 to 100 pounds in about 2 months. She stressed the importance of exercise to avoid losing muscle tone.

When you are doing a program like S90 you are unlikely to lose muscle tone unless you are actively starving yourself. So lets say you want to weigh 120 pounds, according to the nutritionist I saw (I'm not saying she or what I'm telling you is right...just what she said) you would want to eat 1200 calories a day for weight loss and keep a fitness regimen that includes both cardio and muscle work.

I know that goes against a lot of what we hear so I'm not sure if it is right. I only know that when I reduce my calories the way she taught me I lose weight at a slow and steady pace. I don't go into starvation mode even though the calories are less than 1200 per day. I'm a petite person and can get away with weighing as low as 95 lbs without looking too thin.

Right now I'm trying to eat no more than 980 calories a day because I'd like to weigh 98 lbs through the summer. I am not eating disordered or anorexic and I still exercise to avoid muscle loss. I just look better in my shorts at the weight of 98 and I don't find myself hungry if I eat well.

We are all different. I don't buy into the idea that the FDA is correct about everything...I work in natural health and with nutritionists and know only to well that the FDA is corrupt and incorrect about many things. I am not saying you should go down to such a low calorie level, I only am saying it works for me without sacrificing health.

I think you would benefit greatly from seeing a nutritionist, ideally one with a holistic viewpoint.

Good luck Mary and please remember that I am not a nutrition expert so any advice I give is only my opinion and what has worked for me. I would hate to see you eat too little and end up with health problems. You also must take into account the huge calorie deficit you create when running, so you are more likely to need more calories than those who do not exercise to your level. See a good nutritionist and get some good professional advice!

Take care and have a great, healthy, fit and happy week!

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