When I first started running outside properly, I was a complete novice. I didn’t understand pacing, stretching, strength training…anything really. I just ran five miles three times a week.
It wasn’t until I did my first race (Reading half marathon last year) and joined a running club that I understood more and my love affair truly exploded. Ben, however, couldn’t understand it. Getting him to go for a walk at the weekend was hard enough (to be fair, it still is…). Exercise and Ben just weren’t a happy couple. He was great though in that he listened to me go on and on about how my runs went, my goals and annoyances.
Then suddenly he wanted to do my next race with me (Marwell 10k last year). I had worn him down finally! Well, I think it was more that he loved the buzz of watching me run a race and wanted in on the action. After a couple of injury bumps in the road, he got there and completed it in a very respectable time.
Now over a year later he’s part of the running club, doing every race he can, with two marathons under his (hydration) belt.
Long gone are the days when we would run together and I would leave him behind and have to loop back to ‘pick him up’ as he stopped to walk. I remember pacing him at parkrun to keep running at 8.15min/miles, which he struggled so much with. Today? That’s an easy pace for him! I couldn’t be more proud.
So today we’re both as crazy about running as each other, and there are good and bad things that come with this. I thought I’d do a light-hearted post on the highs and lows of a running couple:
High: You both ‘get it’. You don’t have to explain things. You both love it and don’t have to justify doing odd things – like getting up ridiculously early at the weekend or travelling miles for a race.
Low: Weekends can be consumed by running. Parkrun, recovery, pre-race prep, race, recovery. That’s a lot of time to be just focused on running. It’s great if your family can join and then you can hit two birds with one stone, but that’s not always the case.
High: You’re both fit. Zombie attack? Pah! No problemo. Survival of the fittest my friends.
Low: Injuries. If one of you is injured and the other one isn’t, then it can be quite tough to watch them skip merrily out the door while you mournfully get the frozen veg out of the freezer. If both of you are injured? Jesus, stay away at all costs. The perpetuation of misery, despair, grumpiness and general ‘dark and shadiness’ is just unbearable for any external party.
High: You can share advice and knowledge. It could be what helped them in a race or a certain interval session that they ‘enjoyed’. This can be really helpful when you’re stuck for motivation or need some help.
Low: The pair of you are boring as hell to non-runners. Unsuspecting friends asking what you’ll get up to this weekend can trigger long responses about races, mileage, paces, niggles…Suddenly people stop inviting you over for dinner.
High: You gain like-minded friends that you can both go out with and have those supposedly boring conversations about running. They get it too! You can all be boring together.
Low: Washing. So much bloody washing.
High: Both of you wanting an early night when it’s race day the next day. There’s nothing worse than your other half not having to get up early when you have to go for a run/race 😉
Low: You get through a lot of food. Pre-race food and post-race cake extravaganzas.
What do you enjoy doing with your other half? Doesn’t have to bit fitness related.
Would you enjoy working out with your partner or friends?
How do you support your partner/friends