Thursday, 12 June 2008

Kiss your wife

The theme for this week's Take it and Run Thursday is "As you begin your marathon training, don't forget..." I suspect others will have good advice about running the thing. Not me. My advice is "don't forget to kiss your wife (or kids, or dog, or boyfriend, or or or)."

I mean this both literally and figuratively. Literally: Marathon training takes a lot of physical energy. You'll probably be up early and in bed early. Don't forget your relationships, especially the "intimate" ones. Enough said.

Figuratively: I've said repeatedly that I wouldn't have finished the marathon without Meg. She was my biggest cheerleader during the race, keeping me fueled and hydrated when I couldn't do it for my self. But the truth is I probably wouldn't have gotten to the starting line without her either. Although running a marathon is an intensely personal experience, it was really nice to hear her say how proud she was of me, and have her tell people (everyone we met, it seemed like!) that I was running a marathon.

No matter how fast you are, how early you get up, marathon training is going to interfere with the rest of your life. There will be weekend nights you want to stay in and hydrate instead of eating a nice restaurant meal with a bottle of wine. There will be mornings you miss the entire morning routine because your short run took longer than expected. And unless you're a hermit on a remote island (in which case, what marathon are you running? and how are you reading this blog?) it's going to interfere with the lives of people whose life you're in.

So, as you embark on your marathon training, remember you're not in it alone. Thank your partner for packing you a healthy lunch to keep your runner's body fueled. Thank the kids for walking the dog even though it's your turn. Thank your friends for waiting to start Saturday morning's activity until you return from your 20 miles.

Remember to kiss your wife.


Betsy said...

Great post. You are lucky indeed to have such a loving and supportive wife.

The Happy Runner said...

No doubt. Remembering to take care of your relationships goes a long way toward successful marathon training -- and, really, life in general!

Anonymous said...

I'm totally on board for the dog. The husband can kiss my... um, running shoes.

bill carter said...

Hi Megan

One of the nicest posts I have ever read. And you are absolutely correct. As runners and athletes we make sacrifices, but what about the people who support us?? I try and be very aware of this with regard to my wife and son, but it is a good reminder.

Take care and good luck with the training.

Joe said...

Couldn't have put it better myself.

USJogger said...

Thanks for a great message. Very important advice (that I neglect too often, alas!)


Pastor Karl said...

Great post! Running a marathon is definitely a team effort. A wonderful reminder to invest in the most important relationships. Keep up the great posts!

Monica said...

my ex-boyfriend hated my running and he made me feel horrible on the day of FLM expo; having said that, he would always have something nice to eat ready for me after my LSRs. and that was loooovely!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh what a great post. So true. And isn't it wonderful to hear them brag on you?