And so it begins….(again)

We decided to start this blog as a way to document our journey as we train for the Marine Corps Marathon this October.  Yes, we were two (well, three including Kelly’s husband) of the lucky 30,000 that got registered within the 2 hours and 41 minutes in which it sold out.  We thought that this would be a good way to keep ourselves accountable.

Our running experience….we are not professionals nor do we claim to know everything or really even anything about running.  Our experiences are what they are….ours.  The good, the bad, and the (sometimes) ugly.  We both have run many, many halfs (halves?).  Kelly has run two marathons, including Berlin!  Her second and my first was Cleveland this past May (a balmy 85 degrees and like, 400% humidity).  That’s us post-race in the photo above….we would’ve been crying but we were just too dehydrated.  The scary thing is I actually signed up for marathon #2 before completing marathon #1–who does that??

A few words about motivation….I personally struggle with this at times.  Add to this the fact that I’m highly skilled in the art of procrastination.  For me, I’ve learned that the best way to keep this in check is to have a race (or 2 0r 3) signed up for, paid for, hotel reservation made, done.  Committed.

Our training plan….16 week Runner’s World Intermediate Plan found in the July 2012 issue of Runner’s World.  Definitely harder than our last one.

Our goals this time around….

  • Kelly:  Number One Goal:  Develop Mental Toughness when running.  Nutritional Goals:  Eat Clean and keep track of my calories on a daily basis.  Race Day Goal:  a sub-4:30 marathon (this would be a huge PR, but I believe by accomplishing the other two goals this is possible!)
  • Sue:  Eat foods with better nutritional value.  Incorporate more speed work into my training so I can run faster on long distance runs.  Don’t get injured.  Ultimate goal for race day:  a sub-4:00 marathon.  If it’s a 3:59:59, I’d be cool with that.

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