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And So It Begins

Thursday, June 5, 2014
June is here. Warmer weather is already in Maryland. Pools are opened and schools are wrapping up for the year, but for distance runners, June means something entirely different.  June means the start of Marathon Training.  I know what most people and  maybe a bit of what we are thinking: 
This Training has different meanings for the dynamic duo.  For Theresa, a relatively newer runner is tackling her very first Marathon and boldly going into unchartered territory.  For me, this is my 7th Marathon and it means reaching for the ever elusive unicorn of a Boston Qualifier.  Two separate goals, but single minded focus on our mission: Work Hard. Train Smart. Eat Clean and Be Mindful of our Choices and how those choices will directly or indirectly affect our training.  Incorporate Running Focused Cross Training to make us stronger to withstand the rigors of longer runs and higher mileage as well as make us more resistant to injury.  Make recovery periods ACTUAL recovery especially when our bodies tell us we need it. 

Marathon training requires commitment, sacrifice and a ton of support from those closest to us. It means dull Fridays nights for early Saturday morning runs in the heat. It means the endless washing of all of tech gear, and endless use of gels, Vaseline, hydration packs, etc. 

Most people find out, over time, that there is so much more other than running that goes into training.  Things that they never realized were important. 
Because of this, we will have times filled with hope, happiness, rainbows, fluffy bunnies, sunshine and unicorns. We will also have days of rain clouds, monsoons, periods of feeling defeated, and seriously questioning our sanity.  It is vitally important that you surround yourself with amazing positive people.  You can celebrate the amazing times, but when it gets tough, they will lift you up and yes, even drag your sorry butt out on a long run that one weekend when you would rather sleep in. You need them most when the challenges seem daunting and overwhelming.
So over the next 18 plus weeks, Team GBC’s goal is to stick to the plan, trust our training, enjoy the journey and to not be afraid to dream big! No matter what the outcome of our races in October, we know that this experience will forever change us. We look forward to sharing our journey with you all!  ~ Cindy

6 comments on "And So It Begins"
  1. Saw that quote about interest and commitment the other day-so true!

    Deborah @ Confessions of A Mother Runner

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    1. It really is Deborah!! Especially the hot summer and freezing winter!! I found my running improved drastically just by keeping consistent!

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  2. saw this post and i loved it!

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    1. Thank you so much Lori!! ❤️

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  3. You ladies rock! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress and success! Can't wait to read about your training over the next few months :)

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    1. Thanks Amber!! We are very excited to share our journey together and with everyone!

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