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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: 122.8 


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Member Since: 7/23/2007

SparkPoints: 129,964

Fitness Minutes: 102,170

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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8/10/2014 5:31:08 PM

I'm up for starting tomorrow, lets do it!

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8/10/2014 10:51:55 AM

Hey! I just logged in to my page for the first time in years and saw a comment from you from 2009 asking what happened to me. :). I never saw the comment back then because I can't figure out how to configure my settings so that I will be notified when I get new posts of messages. Regardless, I wanted to apologize for losing touch and I hope you are well.

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8/9/2014 7:33:54 PM

I'm so glad your eyes are better. I've had lots of various eye problems and they suck.

If you decide to restart S90 let me know and I'll do it with you. We can support and whine to each other. I've been lazy and have almost stopped intentional exercise though I hike at least once a week and walk the dog when I can, been so hot that its hard to do. She's a very furry critter and the heat is hard on her, so I miss our long walks. Oh well, I'm trying to motivate myself back into an exercise regimen and maybe doing S90 with you would get me back on track! I don't think I have the courage to start it on my own and hubby already said no way, he never wants to even hear the word tabata again emoticon

Hey Mary, you have a wonderful weekend! I bet its so hot and humid down there. We have had a hot summer and we've gotten out and hiked a lot, swum in rivers and lakes a lot, rivers are my favorite of course...of course, we don't have dangerous critters in the rivers like you do. I have had my toes nibbled on by fish plenty of times! Its scary when a 60 lb steelhead bumps into you too! All in all, been a pretty good summer for us. I hope the same for you!

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8/9/2014 2:45:38 PM

What is wrong with your eyes Mary? Did I know about this and forget?

How are you liking working 2 jobs? You amaze me! I can barely work my 30 measly hours a week and keep up with chores at home. My garden is badly weeded over and needs a lot of work that I just don't make the time for. Oh well, the garden is bountiful this year and the herbs grow right through the weeds so I'm not stressing about it.

I'm so glad to hear from you! You are still my best favorite sparkbuddy!

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8/8/2014 7:31:02 PM

Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by my blog! So nice to hear from you! I see from your status update that you have been losing that stubborn weight. What finally worked for you? I'm having trouble with the menopause belly though I admit I've been lazy about cardio lately. I stopped seeing results so got on my pity party rather than amping it up. I'm getting myself motivated again and have been hiking and swimming in rivers against strong currents so I'm getting there.

I hope all is well with you, I can't tell you how much I miss chatting and keeping in touch with you!


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