Thursday, April 5, 2012

Running a Marathon with my Husband

My second Boston.com post is up, please check it out!

When I started running in 2007, I started running with my husband, Eric. He was the experienced one who was going to teach me to run. Our first run was a 1.8 mile loop around my neighborhood. I was an inexperienced runner who had big dreams but not really sure of how I was going to get there. He encouraged me on this run, working on my form and letting me walk when I needed it. I was really embarrassed, but really excited that I was doing something that he was passionate about.

Eric was a state high school track champion in the hurdles. He is 6'7" and is a fast sprinter. He ran track for Wayland High School, the same school that Alberto Salazar went to and had his same coach. When I first started running, I had no idea who Salazar was, or that the advice my husband was passing onto me was coming from such experience. All I knew was that Eric was annoying and I didn't enjoy him correcting my poor running form. :)

We ran the Disney Marathon together in 2008 in 5:12. This is the only race that we have both run entirely together. We learned from that race that it wasn't a good idea to stop for the other one in the race because that meant we were stopping twice as much. Even though we don't run with each other in the race, we have run many marathons together. He set his PR in 2008 at the Twin Cities Marathon, our 2nd marathon together. I hit the wall HARD and limped in, in 4:52. He kicked butt and ran a 4:19. Since then he has run, Honolulu 2008, Disney 2009, Twin Cities 2010, Vermont 2010, and Vermont 2011. He has probably run more and will remind me when he reads this. :)

Having a marathon running husband is awesome and can be annoying at the same time. I am super competitive so the day that he finished 30 minutes in front of me was a big kick in the gut. I couldn't understand how our similar training could amount to such different times. He has not run faster than me since that race, but you can bet every race, I am looking over my shoulder making sure he isn't going to pass me. It is a silly fear as I would be ecstatic if he kicked butt in his race. Hopefully the day that he does beat me is because he trained hard though and I didn't crash and have to watch him run away. :)

Vermont City Marathon is our annual weekend away. On May 27th, we are dropping the kids off at my mother-in-law's house and heading to Burlington for a weekend of camping, running, and alone time. I was kind of worried about signing Eric up for Vermont this year. He works a lot and his training gets put on the back burner. He obviously has potential to be fast but he doesn't have the time to dedicate to training. Since October, he has been attempting to get back into training and will run at least once a week but nothing too consistent. Finally a month and a half ago, he finally started running more. I am a proud wife seeing him run again. He is getting his endurance back and enjoying himself again. He doesn't have enough time to train for a fast marathon, but he is looking forward to finishing strong.

We are running separate again at Vermont next month, but I am still incredibly excited that we are running our first race together in almost a year. I am so excited to cross the finish line and go cheer my hubby on. I am also hoping that he will get bit by the running bug again and we can start working on his BQ. :) I love having a running hubby and so happy that our weekend away can include both my loves.

10 comments:

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Thanks for this post and touching on the emotional side of running with hubby. I totally understand the competitive/jealousy and pride as my husband is fast. It is annoying at times since I am the analytical trainer and he flies by the seat of his pants....and always places first in his division. I am so proud of him, yet annoyed at times. But he is finally seeing things from my side of the race and seeing that other runners may set great PR's and not place 1st. But I digressed...

I had to read your post because come September dear hubby and I will be running our first marathon....together. I see what you mean by not always stopping for the other and I think that is a good point. In the shorter races we have done together we kinda ebb and flow. If he needs to stop at an aid station I keep going knowing full well he will catch up with me...no problem. I may just need to return the favor if I need to slow at a station.

Thanks again for your post today!

Sybil said...

That is so great he is a marathoner, too! I am jealous :) my husband is also 6'7" but his sport is basketball. He can beat me in short sprints!

Misszippy1 said...

So great that you have this share passion! And what a cool running background he has. My hubs and I used to run together, but the last few years he just likes playing basketball and that's ok. He'll come back to his senses sooner or later! ; )

Jolene said...

aww! I love that you two can share this passion together, even if some races are separate! I LOVE that M likes to run too and we run together (nothing nearly as much as you two though - kick ass!!), it is such a bonding experience and I love sharing it. It really makes a difference when your significant other cares about something like you do.

Jess said...

I love that you've run so many marathons together - I think that is so cool and such a bonding experience. I run with my husband almost all the time and it's some of our best "us" time ever. We don't even always talk when we run but it's that unspoken bond that forms as we push through those miles that I love so very much. REALLY excited to cross the finish line in Chicago together (he always runs with me even tho he could run much faster without me), perhaps even hand in hand (because we're *that* dorky couple, yes indeed!). :)

Keybank Vermont City Marathon said...

We're thrilled that you're both coming back to run VCM again! We look forward to seeing you in just over 7 weeks! Best of luck with these last few weeks of training.

Heidi Henry said...

This is great! I actually got into running because of my husband. Due to fibromyalgia he's taken a hiatus and I miss our runs together. Like you, didn't tend to run "together" but were still together. I'm sure you understand. =)

Laura said...

I didn't realize he was a marathon runner, too! That's awesome! My husband doesn't totally "get it" but he's very supportive. And it works out well right now that he doesn't run, so I get those Sat mornings to myself for long runs. :) But I do hope he gets into running at some point-- he's said before that he'd like to run a marathon when kids are older, so we'll see if that happens!

Jen said...

I think it's fantastic you have a marathon runner hubby. He gets it for sure. With two younger kids at home - I'm sure training is a bit on the challenging side. I know we have to take turns for our long runs. Saturdays are Ward's days and Sundays are mine. Ward is by far much, much faster than me and will be running Boston next Monday like you and I'll be there in the crowd (with the kids) hoping to catch a glimpse of daddy and Uncle Wade. :) Oh and when Ward and I do run together, he does critic my form the entire time and it always annoys me. Best of luck next Monday!

Colleen said...

YAY :) This makes me smile.
I am so happy to see a happy running couple!!!!!! Vermont is going to be so much fun I cannot wait!