The best way to get excited about a long training program is to tweak something in your program; something you have always wanted.  For me, that was hiring a coach.  Not just a person who feels some responsibility to me as a part of a team, but someone who is there for ME.  Because I plan to be pretty self centered the next few months ;)
I am thrilled to report that I will have the honor of working with Greg McMillan of McMillan Elite Running.  Check out his website ( and tell me I am not the luckiest gal out there!