By Shannon Walent
Last year my husband left for a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan. As we all know, this is a lengthy and painful stretch of time. Some might compare it to running a marathon-a long 26.2 miles, where staying focused and strong is a must.
Besides being a stay at home mother of two, I decided I needed another challenge during this deployment to keep me “busy”. I teamed up with a friend to train for my first marathon! I think friends and family thought I had lost my mind (in a loving way), which of course made me even more determined to do this.
Rather than outlining months of daily activities and many miles, I will tell you that my family crossed the deployment finish line just three days before I crossed the Marine Corps Marathon finish line
Here are five things I learned during our marathon deployment and you don’t have be a runner to use them…but if you are, they sure help!
- Focus on and celebrate the time or distance you have accomplished, not how far you have to go.
- Keep a good buddy close by. The support is priceless.
- Rest. Take a week off and don’t stress about the break. It will only do you good.
- Reward yourself often…a decadent milkshake or a movie night with your best friend. You deserve it!
- Remember you are a role model for somebody whether that’s another military spouse, a friend, a sibling, or most importantly, your children. Show them that it can be done. Set a goal (whatever that is for you) and go for it!