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My Running Partner

I feel I've been neglecting my blog. I haven't had much motivation to write.
 

Oddly enough, I'm running - a lot. More than usual, in fact. But I haven't felt I've had much to say about my training.

Oh, I've had all the typical runs: the I-love-running runs, scenic runs, it's-way-too-hot runs, the fast runs that felt pretty easy, the breakthrough run (fast, with hills!) and yes, a couple of demoralizing, no energy, slow, anybody-wanna-buy-a-registration? runs. 
 
It's good having a goal, a plan, and a daily workout to accomplish. It's fun to log those miles.

So what gives?

Normally, I'm running trails and ridiculous distances but not training all that much. I'm surrounded with friends and the whole run is like a big party, even the suffering. Then, there's a party at the end. Fun!

Lately, training runs have been like Solitary Confinement for this girl. I've skipped most of the ultras this summer, as they aren't what I need to prepare for this marathon.
I haven't planned to run with friends, or a running group, and lo and behold, I've ended up training alone.


Hubz had joined me on some days. Before this summer, we rarely ran together because he runs a faster pace than I do. But as a result of the amazing improvements in my body since I began practicing Bikram yoga, as well as doing speedwork, hill repeats, and running more miles, I'm running faster. Hubz and I are more evenly matched.

We were both really enjoying these shared training runs. As two people who tend to prefer doing their own thing (athletically, anyway), I think it surprised us both.

He showed me some new routes in our neighborhood, I shared my knowledge from my four previous marathon training seasons. We commiserated about the quirks and pains of road running. 
Then, he got injured.  

Running the Fancy Pants 5K together in April
I miss his company out there. While he's always happy to hear about my running, there's less joy in sharing my running stories knowing he can't do what he loves.

I've been dragging him to Bikram yoga recently. He's excited to have a new challenge. I'm hoping he gets as much out of it as I have, and that he'll heal quickly. 

I'm really looking forward to running with him again.

9 comments:

KateKirk said...

awwwwww! I wish I had such a partner. You're both lucky.

Morgan said...

I'm so happy you're back to running and thank you for telling me about Bikram, I'll def have to check it out. At this point I'm not against trying anything that might help me when I'm finally able to get back to running. Plus a change from the gym would be welcome about now.

It's funny since Boston Spike has all but stopped running in a show of solidarity against my injury and I constantly yell at him to get out there and run! But I do appreciate the valor behind the sentiment. It's great when you have a partner that shares your passion and is behind you through the good times and the bad. I will keep my fingers crossed the hubs heals up quick!

amy said...

Can't wait to practice bikram with the 2 of you when YOU COME VISIT ME IN PORTLAND. Oops. My caps lock got stuck there for a minute. ;) Sounds like you're getting in wicked good shape, but bummed to hear that T is on the DL. Heal up, Tommy--Kir needs you!

Mike said...

Great blog and a great post. Some of my most enjoyable times are running with my wife! Keep writing an keep running!

Mike @justalittlerun

badgerdaddy said...

My lovely wife is injured/ill, and can't run - if I come back from a run buzzing, I have to weigh up whether to run off at the mouth about it or not! It's hard when one of you is injured, but he sounds understanding.

Katie said...

Oh oh oh, I'm so sad, I didn't know T was injured. I hope it's something little and quick to heal. I miss your blogging self. and that's a cute pic of you two. ;)

Sarah said...

I try to train with my husband as well, although we run at different paces with makes it hard. Biking seems to much a better thing for us to do together.

runjoey said...

Glad to see you running well these days. Hope Tom gets back to normal soon too. i used to do all my running alone but for the past 6 years I've enjoyed doing a couple of runs a week with members of my angel team

ImTheMarigold said...

See you on the trail tomorrow, best of luck!

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