Hi everyone! Fun fact: in all the time I’ve been running, my husband has barely ever gone with me. There have been many times when I did my long runs that I asked him to come along for safety reasons and he walked around on the trail until I was done running, but I can probably count the number of times we’ve both gone running together on one hand. And I can only count 1 time that we actually ran “together”, not just on the same trail at the same time going different paces and distances (which for the record is not running together!). This has always been fine with me since not everyone likes running and I would never push someone into doing it with me. But recently Andrew has been making comments about how he wants to try running again, and how maybe being up in Seward will help him get back into shape because we have no TV, a slow internet connection, and endless sunlight. He just hasn’t made it out the door for a run yet.
So as I laced up for my Thursday night run, I thought about how much I really wanted some company on the trail and asked Andrew if he’d like to join me. There were four stages to this conversation:
1. Me asking if he wanted to join me, and him thinking about it. He says yes and I get excited.
2. He remembers that it’s 9:30 pm (still light out here, but pretty late) and in the low 40s with wind. He says he doesn’t think he wants to go. He then mumbles something about how he hates running anyways.
3. Me trying to find some way to get him to change his mind back to yes without sounding like a naggy wife.
4. Him agreeing to go, and me getting super excited but not showing it.
I knew that since I’m technically training for a half marathon right now I should probably do some sort of fast-ish run for a few miles (see how great I am at training?) but I also knew that this was a really big step for Andrew and if I left him behind on the trail he wouldn’t run very far at all and would probably hate it. So after grabbing my phone and heading out the door I made a conscious decision to leave my RunKeeper app off and to just run 1 mile out and 1 mile back at whatever pace Andrew felt comfortable with. And we were off!
For Andrew’s first run in a long time he did an amazing job! If you’re reading this right now, you are totally awesome for running 2 miles 🙂 I did make one mistake though – Andrew really wanted to know how far he ran, and he didn’t believe me that he actually ran 2 miles! I think he thought I was tricking him by only running a half mile total or something. So I showed him my past RunKeeper maps and used google maps to determine that he had in fact run 2 miles total. Which is an amazing distance considering he hasn’t ran at all in 2014! He did get pretty grumpy out there when it got hard but I tried to calmly remind him that we couldn’t stop until we got back home and that seemed to help him enjoy the run more. Being a “coach” is hard because I don’t want to push him too hard but I also want him to learn how to push through the mentally tough parts of running and test his limits. To be honest, I was quiet most of the run and only really pushed him when we were back in town and he was dying to stop a block too early.
After we got back to the bunkhouse I told Andrew that I was going to run another quick mile before calling it a night. Our run was slower than my usual pace which was nice, but I also really wanted to run fast for a few minutes too! He was fine with that, so I ran up the hill to the end of the road and the ran back down. Once again I ran without any tracking but it took me about 10 minutes so I’m thinking it was a mile. The entire road behind our place is a long, gradual hill (it actually is the start of a mountain) and I’m excited to use that for hill training all summer long. Overall it was a great run for both of us. I’m hoping we’ll be able to go out on more runs together! I think running a nice way to bond with the person you love ❤
Have you ever helped someone get into running? What are your tips for me as a “coach” and Andrew as a new runner?