Marathon training for the spouse

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I stand corrected; humble pie is your husband running more than double the miles of you in a week.

People often neglect the fact that training for a race is a sacrifice.  It's a sacrifice of time and energy and money.  However, even more neglected is the fact that it is a sacrifice for the spouse of the one training.  Perhaps it means giving up something financially so you can pay for the race or maybe it means giving up a Sunday afternoon together so they can get in that long run.  At this stage in our life, Ben and I have found it nearly impossible to run races together because of our kids.  They are too young for us both to sacrifice time and energy and we can't just leave them home alone to go to the race early in the morning (plus, who wants to babysit at 5 am?!).  We've run one half marathon together and it required my mom flying in all the way from Kansas to help us out.

The Crawlin' Crab half marathon

It can also be really hard not to get jealous of Ben.  Sometimes I'm jealous of the time he has to run or the pace he can keep or even how good of shape he is in now.  I want to be there too.  He gets to write fun posts like 'My Week in Review' and my week in review is no where near exciting or impressive.  It's humbling, to say the least, but in spite of all this, I firmly believe these sacrifices are worth it.  They teach our kids that we support one another and loving someone means sacrificing for them.

Ben's had his fair share of sacrifices over the years.  I hurt my ankle during our one half marathon together and Ben had to sacrifice placing in our annual hometown 5k race to run with our daughter the following weekend.  That was a painful sacrifice...3 miles in 50 minutes=pain!

He also made sacrifices for me when I was training for my first half marathon.  He brought the kids down to cheer for me as I crossed the finish line and it is a moment that I will never forget.  I know getting our kids up at 6 am and driving an hour and sitting in traffic and navigating crowds is not something he was excited about doing, but he did it for our family and I am so thankful they were there!

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