People warn you about how hard marathon training will be on your body. They also warn you about how much of a time commitment it will be. Even knowing all this I still signed up because I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to prove to myself I could still do it. With the loving support from my husband I started my training back in May. Yes, May! That means that for five months my poor husband, family, dogs, and even my house were neglected.
Honestly, I don't know how my husband put up with my training (or me for that matter). I would leave early in the morning and sometimes not get in until noon (depending on where I ran and for how long). That meant that on some days all other chores wouldn't get done. This included the cooking, cleaning up the house, walking the dogs, and even laundry. I basically did the bare minimum the last five months. I mean let's be honest, after going for a long run the last thing you want to do is house chores. All I wanted to do was eat and sleep. Not once did my husband complain though. Not once did he discourage me from pursuing this goal of mine. In fact he listened to me when I needed to vent about a long run that didn't go well. He massaged my feet when I asked him to. He stepped up and helped with cleaning when he had time. He even continued to praise me for all my hard work. My husband just kept encouraging me to keep at it. He was/is my biggest cheerleader and for that and many more reasons I want to thank him.
I am truly lucky to have such an understanding husband. Dating or being married to a runner isn't for the faint of heart. Lets be honest, runners are freaking crazy. We literally sign up for the torture and then complain about the training process. We have this weird desire to continuously sign up for races in hopes of reaching PR's. My husband has heard it all: my struggles, my pains, even when I chaffed, and worst of all he's learned about my bowel movements during runs. Sorry may be a bit TMI but it gives you a glimpse of what my husband has to endure with me as his wife. Now you truly understand why my husband is wonderful. Even with all that, he continuous to love me.
I count my lucky stars for having him by my side, my partner in life. He is my better half and I am so grateful for all his love and support. He just gets me. When I doubted myself during my marathon training he always had a way of making me feel better. He somehow made the worry go away. Thank you Dario for being there for me not only during these last five months of training but for every race since we have been together. Here's to more races and training cycles together!
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I am linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons