My husband and I met through running. Since our first-year anniversary was yesterday, I thought this was a timely post.
Running is a hobby we’ve both shared. We both ran long before we knew each other and there are very few spans of time we run the same pace but it is enjoyable to share that time with him. We share quiet moments with uninterrupted conversation when running. During this day and time, it’s hard to find this uninterrupted moments.
So how do we run together?
We typically run easier mileage together. I’ll speed up my pace 10-15 seconds per mile, and he slows down a bit. We agree we will try and meet halfway. We don’t do hard efforts together because our hard efforts such as mile repeat because our paces are not the same. He is a faster runner than I am and also has different goals. (I like 5k-13.1 while he likes 5k-10k). Occasionally he will do a tempo run with me, but that is the extent of workouts together.
We like to sign up for races together. The important part is we don’t race together. We will warm up and cool down together, but when the clock goes off, we race to our own standards.
Racing for you is important because if one person is faster, it will create problems to stay on the course together. Part of being with a fellow runner is that you can’t expect to stay together or feel the same every race. We support each other, good or bad race.
There are some important things to remember:
Ultimately someone might feel better on a particular day. That’s okay, and there is no reason to feel upset by it. With any running partner, it’s important to remember that running is for you.
Running and working out can be a great addition to any relationship, but your ability to run the same paces (or not) does define a relationship.
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Questions for you:
Who are your running partners?
Do you run with a significant other?