goal I'm working toward is running my first marathon. Clearly I am not a distance runner, so I know that there will most likely be some excitement at first, followed by discouraging thoughts of "I can't do this," "What the heck was I thinking," and in the end relief or disbelief that it actually happened. I just completed my first "long run" for week one of my 34-week training program. In other words, I have 8.5 more months of this internal struggle and telling myself YOU CAN DO THIS! Mind over matter. It's as simple as that. If you can believe it, you can achieve it. (I'm sure there are a lot of other motivational phrases you can insert here, but let's move along) Training: So here's my week-by-week training plan; it's an adaption of Jeff Galloway's fit to my schedule. On Monday nights, I play in a women's indoor soccer league so that will consist of lots of short burst sprints. T/TH are my maintenance runs. To step it up a notch, I run in the neighborhood across the street from me which has crazy hills for this "flat farmland" area of North Texas. Saturdays are my long runs, and Sundays are my stretching days. W/F are marked with OTF which stands for Orange Theory Fitness. OTF is a great HIIT group training class that rotates between running, rowing and weight. Read more here and check out the video below. My average calorie burn for these classes is anywhere from 600-700 calories. I just got two pairs of shoes since my last pair was completely shot from training and running this race. I went to my local Luke's Locker and they recommended Brooks for my activity level. This pair is for my short distance/maintenance/every day life shoes, and this pair is for my long distance runs. I'm also a huge advocate of dri-fit socks. Last, but certainly not least, I wouldn't get anywhere without my music, headphones and training belt (aka fanny pack). Shop my recommendations below.