It got me thinking about my guy and our running life. It didn't take a lot of thought cause it's pretty simple. We run together, we don't talk much, we both keep an eye on the dog. That's about it :)
We've been married almost 35 years (yes, we did get married young by today's standards) and we've both been running for about 16 years.
Here's why it works for us: I KNOW that running with Les is not going to be the same as it is when I run with my gal pals.
It took me awhile to get used to that idea, but now I am, and it's great! It's especially great when I don't feel like running and Les sweet talks me out the door.
Les does not like to talk ~ AT ALL ~ when he's running. Oh, he's Mr. Social during races, but on training runs, nope! He usually plugs in his music and we're off.
We start off together then usually I start inching ahead. When I get too far ahead I'll run back to meet him, or walk a bit, or do some walking lunges, or do some yoga stretches, or sometimes just say "whatevah toots" and gun it home.
Sometimes he's ahead of me and he mostly does the same.
But Les says he prefers it when I'm ahead 'cause that motivates him to run faster to catch me. I prefer it when I'm ahead 'cause I don't want him catching up. We've had some awesome work-outs this way where we end up racing the last k and laughing our heads off!
We're both fine with our mostly-separate-running ways but Max would prefer we stuck together. He's always trying to herd one of us. "Hurry hurry hurry," he pants. "For heaven's sake he/she is getting away from you!"
As you can pretty much guess, we don't run races together, EVER! We can't. I'm way too competitive. I usually have a game plan, stick to it, stay in my head and don't make much eye contact with other runners.
Les, on the other hand, likes to surge through races and chat with people he hasn't seen in awhile. He'll even run into the crowd and hug one of our grown kids or my mom. Not me: I wave, smile and that's it. The hugging can wait 'til the end of the race :)
Do you like to run with your significant other? I'd love to hear how it works with other people.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!