When Sean Lumley first pitched the idea of running half-marathons to his wife, Madeline, she embraced the idea.
“We would race a lot in high school, so we always knew we had a passion for running,” said Madeline. The two are high-school sweethearts who are, in a sense, married to the half marathon. They completed the Mike-to-Mike Half Marathon last year, and are poised to complete it again this year, on March 26.
Madeline said that since they’ve resumed running, they have also run the Army 10 Miler and Spartan Races.
Their average short run is six miles, with a longer run covering anything more than 12 miles, said Sean, who joined the Army in 2012.
“We run every other day, depending on the type of week and also on how far we decide to run. She’s a trooper though,” he said.
So, what does the couple enjoy most about running?
“Just the small sense of accomplishment. I’m still young, so it’s not like I’m pushing myself too, too hard,” Sean said. “You get the runner’s high, so it’s my escape.”
The All-American Marathon strikes home because of the flags that memorialize service members who have been killed in action, he added.
Madeline, an elementary school teacher who grew up as a military brat, said she likes supporting the military.
“We’re both military brats, so supporting the military in any way we can is always something we hold dear to us.”
No matter what, the couple wants runners to persevere.
“At times, it’s going to suck, but you have to push through,” Sean said. “The long runs are a mental thing. A lot of times, you won’t be able to feel your legs anymore, but you’ve got to know to keep your legs moving.”
His advice to beginners is to try to catch the person in front of you.