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.