Hi everyone! Like every other Wednesday, I wanted to share some wisdom with you. But today I’m not going to be doing that. Instead, my fabulous husband, Andrew, is going to take over my blog for one very exciting guest post! Andrew and I have been together for over 8 years and married for 8 months, but I only recently started running. In the past year and a half I’ve spent a lot of time running, training for races, and then running these races while he cheered me on. He’s seen me almost die on my long runs and PR more than I ever thought I would. He’s the one driving me to every race and talking me off the ledge when I get nervous, and putting up with me when I refuse to take my race medal off for the rest of the day. And he’s always the first one to congratulate me when I cross that finish line! I love that he’s always here for me, but I always wondered what he was thinking during all of those big running moments. I recently saw this article called “Date A Girl Who Runs” and shared it with my husband because I figured he could relate. When I asked him why he always put up with my obsession with running, his answers blew me away! Read on to see what my husband has to say about loving a runner:
True runners have a drive in life that is unlike the drive of any other hobbyist, competitor, or sportsperson. It’s a drive that’s unyielding to anything or anyone who may get in its way. There is always going to be another mile to run, another personal record to achieve, and nothing can stop that. What that means if you happen to find yourself to be the significant other of a runner, is that your drive needs to be equal to your runner in order for them to be able to find the success and accomplishment they are looking for in running.
I know you may be thinking, but I’m not the one running, I’m not the one putting in that effort and time, I don’t even run myself, why does my drive need to be equal? The truth is, no, you aren’t the one running and sweating and going through all of that physical pain to reach the ultimate goal, but you are the one key factor in the success of your runner. Running may be a physical activity, but it’s really a mental game. As the significant other of a runner you provide a huge lift in a runner’s spirit and mental strength. For them to know that you’ll be the one waiting for them at the finish line with a smile, a cheer, and a bottle of water cannot be undervalued.
We all want our significant other to succeed in whatever they do in life and find joy in those things, and from time to time you forget that, and put yourself first. But just realize there are big benefits in supporting your runner to the fullest. Even though you may want a nice steak or fried food 7 days a week, it’s good in the long run (no pun intended) to eat some of the green stuff and being with a runner helps you to do this. It also gives you an excuse to be outdoors more often, or even go for a run yourself. But the biggest benefit in being with a runner is knowing that person who you’re supporting through all of this, will be there for anything you have a passion for in life. Their happiness is your happiness.
So the next time you have to get up early on a weekend to go stand in the cold while you wait for your runner to finish whatever distance they are running, try to remember these things. It’ll only benefit the both of you, so don’t be afraid to even give them a sweaty hug and kiss too.
Thanks Andrew for guest posting! I picked a good one, didn’t I? 🙂 I’m so happy that he’s willing to get up in the middle of the night NEXT SUNDAY (yep, 11 days away!) to drive me to Epcot, take the monorail to see me run by in Magic Kingdom for like 10 seconds, and then stand at the finish line alone for hours until I (hopefully) finish, probably sobbing and covered in sweat, just so that I can complain about my legs all day. He’s pretty awesome! I’ll have to cook him some steak soon 🙂 (don’t worry, we eat fried food way more than he lets on!)
Do you date a runner? What do you love about loving a runner?