Training for a Marathon – with your Significant Other
In my opinion, training for a marathon is so much more fun when you do it with someone. You have someone to not just run with but vent to, compare runs, talk about all things running related, and the extra support is super helpful. It gets a little more interesting though when the person you are training with is your significant other!
Brett and I have already run a marathon together. We ran the 2013 Country Music Marathon (in terrible weather I must add) so we know what we are getting into as we train for the upcoming 2015 Chicago Marathon.
My husband is truly my best friend so I really enjoyed training and running with him in our last marathon. We might do things a little differently this time. Either way, I thought I would share some tips and advice on ways to train with your significant other so that it’s fun! I am including not only my advice but my husband’s as well.
• Decide if you will run the entire race together. This might seem silly but it’s really important for you both to talk about how you want to do the race. I am pretty competitive with myself during races so I always want to finish the next race faster than the last one (of course!). But I have run more marathons than my husband so I knew I would be a little more prepared than he would. I decided before our last race that I was going to forget what time I finished in and just run with him no matter what. I wanted to cross the finish line with him. This upcoming race, we have talked about being ok with one of us deciding to go a little faster than the other. We will start the race together but won’t be upset with each other if one person is just feeling great that day and wants to go faster. Which means…
• You might have to swallow your pride. This is one of Brett’s tips! He wasn’t prepared for running with me once he realized I was faster than him. On one of our training runs he was frustrated because I think he’s used to being the better athlete (which he usually is when compared to me but not in running). He had to learn that he couldn’t let his pride get in the way and we still need to be on the same team!
• Do some runs together and some runs alone. As much fun as running with your partner can be, it’s also good to get some of that alone time! Just like you would normally do in a relationship. Every person needs their own space sometimes. You don’t want to get burned out on running with each other. You want to look forward to it.
• Agree on a training plan together. I came up with a training plan for us but my husband looked it over and we talked about it before agreeing on it. This way we are on the same page about what we are going to do. Especially if you have a child! Things can get complicated when you both are training for a race. 🙂 We’ve worked out some details on how we will do this so we won’t be scrambling at the last minute to figure out how to get our runs in.
• Be each other’s support. This sounds obvious but there are going to be days when one of you isn’t feeling great when going out for a run while the other one is. Be sympathetic to this and be supportive of the other person. Cheer each other on and don’t view it as a competition. View it as something fun to do together.
• Have fun and make memories! The marathon I ran with Brett back in 2013 was actually pretty rough due to the weather. It was REALLY cold and the weather was TERRIBLE. If I had been running it by myself I’m not sure I would have finished. It was also the slowest marathon I’ve run so far. BUT, it was the most special. Brett and I spent over 4 hours running side by side and it felt so great to cross the finish line together. It’s something that I will never forget.
I look forward to training with my husband again for our next race!
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