Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post about running the marathon with my husband.
So yesterday, we actually ran together.
We’ve run together before. Years ago, we used to do a lot of runs together, and he would usually join me for races. We were also at similar paces.
L-R: After the first or second road race we ever did (a 5K – yes, medals for a 5K!), after the 2011 Soldier Field 10, finishing the 2011 Fort2Base
But then we had slightly different work schedules, and I was doing a lot of runs with groups, and training harder (and thus getting faster), and I started racing a lot (more than he wanted to do), and we haven’t run side-by-side since … the Monster Dash last fall. We’ve done a few races together since then, but have run at our own paces.
Yesterday it worked out that it was convenient for us to run together. So we set out. I was wearing my Garmin, and planned to navigate us for 4 miles, letting him set the pace. I actually tried to have him wear my heart rate strap, but either I placed it in the wrong spot on him, and his heart rate was reading really high, or it doesn’t work if the watch is on someone else, and it wouldn’t read his HR at all.
Anyway, we’re going along, and I would point in the direction we should go at each intersection. Unfortunately, around mile 2.5, he assumed that when we got back to our street, we were running home, and didn’t look back to check with me. I tried to yell after him that we should go in the opposite direction, but he runs with music. So he couldn’t hear me. He also has this habit of speeding up (a lot) when he finishes any run. So he was speeding up. I caught up to him in our driveway, and he thought we were done. I told him we had only ran 2.8 miles. We had another 1.2 to do.
So we have some “practice” to do if we’re going to actually do the marathon together. My fear is we’ll get separated in the crowd early in the race and then I’ll have 20+ miles of stressing over “Is he behind me or in front of me? Should I stay slow and try to find him, or just give up and run at my own pace? I am the worst wife ever for ditching my husband when we agreed to run together.” I guess we can run with our phones during the marathon, or have some kind of strategy for meeting up at the next water station if we get separated.
Or I can just not overthink it for the next two months.
Ha ha, yeah right. Not over think something? How does that work?
Don’t forget! Super Awesome Running Stuff Raffle for the American Cancer Society. Win lots of goodies for as little as $1! I’m picking the winners on Tuesday, August 7.
And I’m giving away an entry to Fort2Base – picking the winner on Sunday.