Alexis Soucie has been running, quite literally, by her husband’s side since they met in college. Her husband has served in the Marine Corps for more than 17 years and is currently deployed. They got married in June of 2003, a year after he commissioned into the Corps.
Originally from Upstate New York, the Soucie family now resides at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, thanks to a permanent change of station. No matter where the family is residing, Alexis has made time for what she loves—running. She runs mostly trails and ultras. Both husband and wife plan to run the MCM50K this month.
“We don’t train together. He is a lot faster than I am but every once and a while we run together and do trails for fun,” shares Alexis.
Her goal for the 50K is to “just survive it.” Two weeks prior, she will run the entire Grand Canyon with a group of women in Arizona. The trip will consist of 48 miles and serious scenery. From there, she will board a plan and meet her husband at the start line.
“I’m really excited to experience the whole course. I can’t wait to see the sights in Washington D.C.,” she said. Alexis was inspired to #RunWithTheMarines in 2012 when her husband ran the marathon and she cheered him on from the sidelines. Since then, she has run the 10K three times.
After being married for 16 years, Soucie has a few tips to share with other spouses:
- Be open minded: Throughout the deployment process, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and seclude yourself. Be involved in your community and within your unit.
- Go Overseas: Soucie had the chance to live in Korea briefly and loved it. Jump at the chance to go somewhere new and make memories.
- Stay positive: Soucie admits this is not easy, but it is necessary. It is okay to complain but realize this is “the life you chose when you said ‘I do.’”
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