My hubby use to call me a running snob!!! He started running about one year after me and really wanted to run with me. The first run we did together, he obviously didn’t know about running etiquette. First, he ran ahead of me about 2 steps!! As if!!!! Then when I kindly told him we are suppose to run “together.” He obliged and did. As we were running, he darted off across the street instead of going to the end and crossing at the cross walk!! Seriously????? Of course, he was way ahead of me!!! I was not happy. What’s the point in running together if your going to run ahead of me the whole time? Anyways, I refused to run with him again after that. He apologized and said “I don’t know running etiquette.” I still refused!! I like to run non-stressed and relaxed. Not worrying about being left behind!!!!
It took a long time for us to run together again. He promised to stay close to me and run the route. 🙂 That was a year ago and we have run together maybe a total of 4 times over the last year. Recently, we started running together again. He couldn’t really run with me because I run longer distances than him and he can’t maintain long distances yet. He wanted to run a half and we decided to run a half in Feb with some other friends. He has been training for the half and running longer distances. Last week, he asked what my planned run was for that day. 5 miles I stated. He said great can we run together. Sure! Why not! He knows the rules!!! LOL..
Remember I’m doing this new running freely, no watch, no pacing gadgets, just run thing right? Well I forgot to tell him. I knew he was using his Nike+ app and he could at least keep track of our distance. I failed to tell him my new running plan. He usually doesn’t shout out our pace but this day he did!!!!(of course) I tried to ignore it and just keep doing what I’m doing. I only wanted to know the half way point so I can turn around.
Then at the last mile, he shouts “let’s pick up the pace and go!!!” I’m thinking to myself….”you go right ahead and I will follow behind.” He never really picked up his pace, so I never changed mine. At the end, he says “I tried to run faster but I didn’t have it in me.” LOL…He just started running longer distances so he still needs to train his legs endurance.
I then explained to him my non PR running plan. 🙂 Helps to communicate huh? (after 18 yrs of marriage) It wasn’t too bad, it actually helped me to focus and block things out. Seems I have lost that skill since my kids are older now. LOL 🙂 I use to be a pro when they were younger.
I’ve actually enjoyed couple running lately and I still really enjoy my “solo” runs too. 🙂 Anyone else couple run?
I’ve gotten really great advice with letting the “PR” thing go for a bit. I think it may take some time for me. It’s funny because I use to MAKE myself run a certain pace. I tried the negative split idea but never could do it. I would start out 10 min/mi and end up with 10 min/mi at the end. I would look at my watch, see that I was running 9 min/mi and slow myself down. Then after running this last half, I’ve asked myself, why do I do that? Why am I NOT just letting myself run naturally? My last few runs, I have done just that. It has felt great!!! (Except the pace stalking I do) I Let myself run what feels comfortable for me. When I’m done, I’m in the 9 min/mi pace. Not bad. But there I go again, looking at my pace!!!! Even though I looked at it, I just kept running what was comfortable. I probably didn’t look at it as much as I normally do.
Crazyrunninggirl suggested I run without a watch. Or should I say my iphone. I have a Garmin watch but I really like the feedback the Nike+ gives back versus the Garmin. I get instant times and can look at my activity history without connecting to a computer. That is my next step, run without anything tracking my distance or pace. Part of my problem is I feel like by tracking my run’s, I get “credit” for it because it’s in permanent ink. LOL…there I go again with my type A personality!!! I like seeing my mileage on my Nike+ increasing. LOL…
Anyways, can’t run again until monday. I ran a short run yesterday, cross training day today and I’m getting ready to work 3 12 hr shifts. 😦 I was just off 6 days!!! 😦 Back to work I go. I think running with only my ipod will hopefully be the answer!!!
Til next run!! 🙂
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Sorry for some reason my links aren’t working.
One of the blogs I follow. She recently posted this and the timing couldn’t be more perfect!!! Ever since I finished my half marathon on October, I’ve been on this running high. I’ve been running faster and further. I picked up where I left off with the training for the half. I’ve had lots of aches and pains ever since I increased my distance and faster pace. I’m a perfectionist and it’s been bothering me lately…..what am I doing wrong? I want to run as long as I can but lately I’ve been sore, achy, I feel like an old lady. A few days after my last post, I decided to revamp my running schedule. I cut back my long runs even more. Instead of 6-7-8-9, I now do 5-6-7 long run miles. I need to take advice from Suar at ShutUpandRun. I’ve only had time to run once this week and I’ve been telling myself to take it easy my next run and just enjoy. So reading this post on this blog really helped. I wanted to share with you in case you too are in the same boat as me. 🙂