One of things we will talk about here on the blog is goal setting while your spouse is deployed. The time apart from your spouse can be an awesome opportunity to set new goals for yourself both big and small. It can be a time to go back to school, organize your closets, plant a garden, learn to cook, make one new friend, mentor a new spouse, find a new job...the list of things to do, try or be is as long as your imagination allows.


For me, I've been working on making my health a priority and I'm taking steps to change my daily routine. However, I'd like to hear from those of you who are achieving your goal of getting fit! Have you accomplished a road race? What was the experience like? I need some encouragement!


In approximately three and half months the Marine Corps Marathon will take place in our nations capital. I've signed up to run the 10k race that occurs on the same morning. YIKES! I've spent the summer walking regularly and have recently introduced spurts of running and walking in between huge gasps for air. I have a LONG way to go for sure, however I'm excited at this new challenge.


Have you thought about getting into shape? Improving your fitness level?...or just eating better? Summer is a time we get to spend more time outdoors, fruits and vegetables are in season, not to mention less expensive to purchase and let's not forget we are wearing shorts and (gulp) swimsuits.


Here are some tips when it comes to setting a fitness goal this summer:


  • Get a workout buddy - You can encourage and motivate each other when the going gets tough
  • Set a Goal - Pick a distance or time you'd like to achieve. The Couch to 5K is really popular fitness program. Check it out at
  • Baby steps count - Even if you only walk around the track one lap, or down to the corner and back, start small. Keep your frequency consistent and you'll begin to see results.
  • Drink LOTS of water! We've all heard it before, drink 8 glasses of water per day to stay hydrated. With the scorching heat the country is experiencing, whether you are walking/running inside or outside, don't forget to hydrate!

How are you staying or getting fit this summer? I'd love to hear from you and I'll be sure keep you updated on my progress!


* Keep in mind to check with your physician before starting or modifying any exercise program.


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Disclaimer: USAA is a sponsor of the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon

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I'd like to wish you luck! I just ran my first marathon last October (Nike Women's Marathon) and it was such an amazing feeling. I started out running 5K races and decided to gradually increase my distance race goal every year. I cannot explain the sense of accomplishment you will feel once you cross that finish line. I hope that you will savor every moment along the course, as it will go by faster than you think. Good Luck!
Wendy Poling USAA

I had a friend just run a marathon and she trained for months and months. Congrats on running your first marathon! What an achievement and inspiration you are to us all!