Last Post Before My First Marathon…Nervous! Big Dose of Inspiration Found Here

Sunday morning runners like myself will gather before sunrise at the starting line for the St. Louis Rock and Roll Marathon.  The best time to view the Orionids Meteor shower will be in those pre-dawn hours.

To get the details for the meteor shower click here.

I’m spending today preparing for race weekend.

  • Prayer,
  • Positive mantra’s,
  • Listen to Favorite Songs
  • Walk 2 miles,
  • Stretching
  • Lots of water,
  • Checking off lists,
  • Packing,
  • Watching DVR‘ed 2012 London Olympic Women’s Marathon and
  • Reading excerpts from Jeff Graboskey’s book, Running with God Across America.

I can feel anxiety beginning to build.  Nervous.

  • Here’s a picture of Women’s Marathon from 2012 Olympics

  • Favorite Scripture Quote:  Anything is possible through Christ Who Strengthens Me  

  • Below are my favorite “power packed” running video’s of great inspiration.  For my team mates and all runners…take it all in – this is for you.

Edison Pena, Chilean Miner that ran NYC Marathon after he was rescued gives his impersonation of Elvis on David Letterman – Love this

Thanks to my husband who supports me always in everything I do…

My next post will be after the marathon.  I will be running from 7 am until at least 12:30 pm (CST).  Appreciate your prayers and support for me and my team mates…the LIFE Runners.

Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight – Another Reason to Get Up Early

Shooting stars – up to 50 an hour!  Get up early and get outside around 3 or 4 am.  The show of all shows.  Perseid Meteor Shower.  So how do you watch a meteor shower?  Click here and find out.

It’s pretty cool if you’ve  not done this before.  Your eyes have to adjust to the sky with no light around.

Conquered a Stubborn Incline and Movin’ On

I know it doesn’t look like improvement… an average pace of 13:58.  However, I struggle with a long incline that you can see below the map.  This is the first time I’ve ever run this entire route without stopping.

Even though humidity is so heavy you can cut it with a knife (72 degrees/ 82% humidity), I was still able to continue jogging up that long slow incline that I had not done before.  Then in addition to that, a steep shorter hill towards the end was no picnic but I swung my elbows back further to get momentum.  I made it to the top and kept going.  The end of the run I walked some and then did stretches.  Heart rate 20 minutes after finishing was 120.  Now after 90 minutes it is 89.

My breathing is getting better and I don’t cough now when I finish like I used to do before.   Bruce Lee was one who knew that physical strength and endurance depended on your lung capacity.  That has held me back for so long…but not any more.  That is a major break-through for me.

Here’s the run info:

Distance Elevation Grade
Cat Start End Length Min Max Avg. Max
1.11 mi 1.58 mi 0.47 mi 758 ft 823 ft 2.6%
Did you see the super moon last night?
Here’s an image of it from our deck.
The lights at bottom of pic were houses and other city lights.  I didn’t see any of the shooting stars (from Haley’s Cometmeteor shower) this morning between 4:30 – 5:30 am.  The moon was just too bright.  Earth Sky has great pictures on their Facebook page too if you really want to see some great images of the astronomical occurrence.  The last time there was such – March 2011.
Have a great day and make it count!

Watch the Skies and Then Run Under the Super Moon for a Good Howl

This weekend holds excitement in the skies.  

An hour after sunset there is a beautiful conjunction with the moon, Saturn and the bright blue star Spica in Virgo.

Image below is from last super moon in March 2011 from Entiat, Washington.

Saturday night will also feature a meteor shower along with the super moon.  The glow of the moon will make the meteor shower hard to see though.  Check out the links below for more info – pretty cool.

Running under the super moon.  Fun!

Supermoon Saturday Links:


Lyrid Meteor Shower On Eve of London Marathon

Did you see last night’s meteor shower?  If you are like me (an early riser that struggles to stay up past 9:30 pm), you didn’t.  If not, check out the  AP photo below.  Go to NASA’s site for more cool stuff about last nights Lyrid meteor shower.

(Credit: (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Today is the London Marathon (they are 6 hours ahead of us).  At the start of the race it was 55 degrees with rain forecasted for later on in the day. Most of the runners have finished and the winner for the Women’s Division was Mary Keitany PR (2:18.37).  I am so happy for her.  She suffered a heart-breaking loss in the ING New York City Marathon (2011), when she had an amazing lead through out most of the race and then at the very end, could not fend off the challengers that came from behind and beat her – moving her back to 3rd place in the end.  Today is hers though and it was her personal best.

Shelley Woods won the Women’s Wheelchair race.

Shelly Woods of Great Britain celebrates winning the Womens Wheelchair race during the Virgin London Marathon

Today I’m running in a 5K.  This is also day 7 of diet – still going strong.  Should be a great day for running.  The fun begins…after Church.