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Update on Week 1 and Week 2

Monday, January 13, 2014

First the Update from Week One:

Monday: Cycle or Swim - Cycle is 10 minutes Easy, 10 minutes Tempo, 10 minutes Easy. I may be swimming due to the fact I will have my first TRI this weekend and I have yet to get wet. I am not too worried as it is only 100m swim. Strength Training followed by a cool down workout. Also before hitting the sack I will do my Flexibility for Runners. DONE!!

Tuesday: 8 x 400 pace (2:09 - 2:19) followed by a cool down routine and Flexibility DVD. DONE!!

Wednesday: Cycle 10 minutes EASY 3x(2 minutes HARD + 2 minutes EASY) 10 minutes EASY
Strength Training followed by cool down routine and the Flexibility DVD. I also have a root canal this day. I didn't my cycling workout done before my root canal and didn't feel good enough later in the day...my mouth ached.

Thursday: 2 miles EASY; 2 miles @ (9:34-10:12); 2 miles EASY. Cool Down Routine. Work the Disney expo with POLAR. Flexibility DVD. FAIL I didn't run before heading to the expo. I had a great day working with a great friend.

Friday: Strength Training followed by Flexibility DVD. FAIL Didn't workout - tired from being on my feet all day.

Saturday: Flexibility DVD - skipped and drove to Naples.

Sunday: Naples Open Tri (100m swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run) + 7 miles @(11:12 - 11:57) . I ran 3.23 miles before my tri. I cut it short, due to the water conditions. I completed the tri in 30:59. I was 26/61 overall; 8th woman overall, and 1st in my age group out of 6.

Overall I would give myself a 6/10 for this week.

Week 2

Monday: Rest day, walk to dinner.

Tuesday: 4 x 1200 @ 6:40 - 7:09

Wed: Cycle

Thursday: 1 mile EASY + 5 miles @(10:42 - 11:27) + 1 mile EASY

Friday: Cycle

Saturday: 9 miles @ 11:27 - 12:27

  
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MRS.CARLY 1/21/2014 7:25PM

    WOW, inspiring

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4EVERADONEGIRL 1/15/2014 5:05PM

    Good job!!! You did a LOT! :-)

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CRYSBROWN1 1/15/2014 4:41PM

    You are working it! WOOHOO on the tri finish!

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CTUCKER225 1/15/2014 9:48AM

    Way to go Mary. I love reading about all that you do!

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WORTHEYMOM 1/14/2014 2:10PM

    YOU ROCK! I so want to be able to do a tri one day (I suck at swimming LOL). Congrats my dear!

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MBSHAZZER 1/14/2014 10:25AM

    Very impressive, Mary!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 1/13/2014 9:55PM

    I can't tell you how proud I am of you not just for your victory in the triathlon but just for doing it at all! You have really broadened your horizons and become an even greater athlete than you were! I am so impressed and so proud of you!!!
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/13/2014 8:37PM

    emoticon on your Tri results!

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From the first of the year - now the first week of Marathon Training

Monday, January 06, 2014

Well - it is here marathon training....GULP.

Yesterday I ran my last half marathon for "fun". It was a very late start 8AM. This caused it to get very warm for me. I pushed through with a 2:24 which got me 5th place in my age group out of 10 women. So now the training starts....I am using the FIRST program, which fits me because there are only 3 running days....I am training for a marathon between 4:38 - 5:00. Which will hopefully net me a 6:00 or less at Big Sur in April.

Here is the program for the week:

Monday: Cycle or Swim - Cycle is 10 minutes Easy, 10 minutes Tempo, 10 minutes Easy. I may be swimming due to the fact I will have my first TRI this weekend and I have yet to get wet. I am not too worried as it is only 100m swim. Strength Training followed by a cool down workout. Also before hitting the sack I will do my Flexibility for Runners.

Tuesday: 8 x 400 pace (2:09 - 2:19) followed by a cool down routine and Flexibility DVD

Wednesday: Cycle 10 minutes EASY 3x(2 minutes HARD + 2 minutes EASY) 10 minutes EASY
Strength Training followed by cool down routine and the Flexibility DVD. I also have a root canal this day.

Thursday: 2 miles EASY; 2 miles @ (9:34-10:12); 2 miles EASY. Cool Down Routine. Work the Disney expo with POLAR. Flexibility DVD

Friday: Strength Training followed by Flexibility DVD

Saturday: Flexibility DVD

Sunday: Naples Open Tri (100m swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run) + 7 miles @(11:12 - 11:57)

I may be flip flopping Thursday and Friday, since to get to Disney will take a minimum of 2 hours I don't want to be out a 3AM running.

  
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SWEETNSKINNY 1/10/2014 2:36PM

    Good luck and have fun with your training! Excited to hear all about your adventures!

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RDARLING 1/8/2014 10:53AM

    WOW! Busy week ahead. Best of luck with the Tri this weekend and with the marathon training!

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CTUCKER225 1/8/2014 8:26AM

    Good luck! You are going to do amazing.

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FUNFROG79 1/7/2014 9:46AM

    Great plan, you've got this!

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CRYSBROWN1 1/6/2014 3:36PM

    You have great events on the horizon! Very impressed with your training plan!

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BOILHAM 1/6/2014 3:07PM

    Good luck with the marathon training, and on the tri this weekend. I'm on the tail end of my marathon plan. Mine is on Feb 2.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/6/2014 2:10PM

    The key to running Big Sur, IMHO, is to walk a lot on the really big hill just before the half way part and anywhere else really steep. Then run MP on all the downhills. These are steeper declines than you normally find in races, so you really need to include downhill running in your training plan.

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MBSHAZZER 1/6/2014 1:30PM

    Sounds like a great plan, I am just confused by the times you mention... if you are training for under 5 hours why are you shooting for 6 at Big Sur? Is it because of the wind and terrain?

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GUNNSGIRL91303 1/6/2014 12:53PM

    You have quite the week ahead of you! I admire your dedication so much as well as how organized you are in planning your workouts. Do you figure all your training out yourself or do you follow a certain plan?

Good luck at your triathlon! How exciting! I work with a doc that did the Ironman (for women) summer of 2012. Training for those events is intense. Keep up your great work!

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Welcome to 2014 - Inspiration!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

This is so scary to write that I have no idea where 2013 went to....

I want to have 4 major goal topics for 2014 and 3 within each of those: Short
range (3-4 months), Mid range ( 6 months) , and the Long Range (entire year).

The 4 areas are Fitness, Weight, Home, and Self.

Fitness:
Short term: Follow my marathon training plan, which includes Running, Cross
Training, Strength Training, Cool Down routines, and Flexibility routine.

Mid Term: After marathon keep up running, cool down routine and flexibility
routine. Start another 90 day routine workout program.

Long Term: Continue the running and plan my 2014-15 racing season.

Weight:
Short term: Get back down to 120-123 after this holiday season
Mid term and Long term: Maintain my weight.

Home:

Short term: Spend 15-30 minutes(intense sort) each day decluttering an
area/room
Attempt to donate/giveaway/throw-away at least 1 item per every 10 items
examined. In 15-30 minute do a quick sort per box/general area and a intense
sort of items left after quick sort.
Keep - love;need;use
Donate/Giveaway - Good condition items
Toss - trash, bad condition or broken items
Wrong Place - transfer to correct location only if deemed keep item.

Mid term: Declutter 1 area/room per month with the knowledge that there may be
more than 1 area in a room.
First - Welcome to 2014 and my year of INSPIRATION. I have read several people's blogs talking about choosing a word that will be their word for the year. I after thinking long and hard have chosen the word INSPIRATION. I hope I will have an inspired year of changes and stability.

In general, this is my year of my 2nd and last marathon. Big Sur International Marathon April 27th. My marathon training will begin on January 6th. It is a very intensive training program.

So let me describe my marathon training program with out boring you: This program has 3 key runs: Speed work, Tempo, and Long Runs. I also have 2 days of cross-training on the bicycle. In addition, the program has a small strength training workout which I have scheduled for 3 days a week on the 2 days of cross training and rest day. I also have a fantastic cool down workout after running and cross training and the a flexibility DVD for runners which I will do 7 days a week in hopes that I will become more flexible.

In general, here is my 2014 goals.

I want to have 4 major goal topics for 2014 and 3 within each of those: Short
range (3-4 months), Mid range ( 6 months) , and the Long Range (entire year).

The 4 areas are Fitness, Weight, Home, and Self.

Fitness:
Short term: Follow my marathon training plan, which includes Running, Cross
Training, Strength Training, Cool Down routines, and Flexibility routine.

Mid Term: After marathon keep up running, cool down routine and flexibility
routine. Start another 90 day routine workout program.

Long Term: Continue the running and plan my 2014-15 racing season.

Weight:
Short term: Get back down to 120-123 after this holiday season **** Happy to report I am there *****
Mid term and Long term: Maintain my weight.

Home:

Short term: Spend 15-30 minutes(intense sort) each day decluttering an
area/room
Attempt to donate/giveaway/throw-away at least 1 item per every 10 items
examined. In 15-30 minute do a quick sort per box/general area and a intense
sort of items left after quick sort.
Keep - love;need;use
Donate/Giveaway - Good condition items
Toss - trash, bad condition or broken items
Wrong Place - transfer to correct location only if deemed keep item.

Mid term: Declutter 1 area/room per month with the knowledge that there may be
more than 1 area in a room.

Long term: Clutter reduced house wide by 10-25%. If the entire house has been
done before the year is up start again.

Self:

Short term: Work on a daily routine before heading to work and before bed
Mid term: Keep up with with daily routine and add cooking meals more often.
Long term: Keep up with the daily routine, cooking, and adding cleaning.


Please feel free to keep me honest and ask about my progress. Here is to an INSPIRED Year and Life!


  
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MRS.CARLY 1/21/2014 7:24PM

    Wow, these are seriously SMART goals, that is probably your "secret" to success. Your goals are so specific you have no choice but to be successful!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 1/6/2014 4:41PM

    Great goals - you can do it!!

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MBSHAZZER 1/6/2014 11:56AM

    Mary, very impressive!

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SEEHOLZ 1/3/2014 4:43PM

    Man, you should have me come over- you'd be decluttered in no time! Then again, I have been finding my house a little bit too "cluttered" for my own taste - stuff seems to accumulate. But, I have 2 bags ready to go to the next charity pick-up. I love your 15 min commitment. Trust me, stuff is just stuff. I you haven't missed it yet, chances are you won't! But I like your approach- so you can let go of the clutter on your own terms :-)

Big Sur is supposed to be AMAZING! What a great marathon to look forward to!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 1/3/2014 3:30PM

    I'm sure you will make your goals since you have written them down, made them public and are now accountable!
I'm inspired by your blog because my home is in DESPERATE need of decluttering. I think I may adopt your ideas for the decluttering.

Again, what an inspiring woman you are! You rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMARUNR 1/3/2014 5:26AM

    Looks like you have a great plan for 2014, Mary!! I look forward to seeing your marathon progress and your success for decluttering! That is forefront on my list, too! Happy New Year!! emoticon

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NINJALINDA 1/2/2014 9:43AM

    Girl, I may just copy portions of your plan - it looks good! Have a fabulous 2014!

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MIRAGE727 1/2/2014 8:15AM

    Lookin' good, Mary! Happy New year!
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HOPEFULHIPPO 1/1/2014 9:37PM

    I think it's a general consensus that 2013 just sort of "blurred" by us. Let's rock 2014 :o) great plans!

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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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I'm back after a summer of maintanence, but now it is time to begin again

Friday, August 09, 2013

I have been running all summer...HRM training. Now, it is time to get back to training. We are running the half marathon at the Maine Marathon at the beginning of October.

I am using the same plan as last year for half training - it has worked well in the past, however we are starting training almost 1 month earlier than normal. Florida is HOT and HUMID at 5:30AM when I run...so I am sure that will affect my paces, but I will push to get to those paces.

Next week has 3 key runs along with cross training at least 2 other days. I am planning on walking the other 2 days and also biking. I need to get my strength training and flexibility training in too.

Week 1: 20 minute warm-up + 4x400 @2:10 + 10 minute cool-down
10 minute warm-up + 3 mile tempo @ 9:39
6 miles @ 10:24

With the heat and humidity my paces could be slower by 2 minutes/mile.

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/13/2013 7:40PM

    Back at it full force - WooHoo!!! Enjoy your training!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 8/12/2013 7:56PM

    You are gonna do great!

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FUNFROG79 8/12/2013 10:23AM

    Love Maine! Your training sounds right on the mark!

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LJR4HEALTH 8/10/2013 6:53PM

    This heat 7 humidity is taking a toll on everyone Good luck with your training

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/9/2013 4:32PM

    Good job.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/9/2013 2:16PM

    Do you have a target finish time?

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NINJALINDA 8/9/2013 2:08PM

    I think you will enjoy Main in October...as long as it doesn't SNOW emoticon . Maine is beautiful. Have you ever been?

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MBSHAZZER 8/9/2013 1:09PM

    Mary, the weather in Maine in October will feel blissful! You and Mark will do GREAT!

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