Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and I have the house to myself. I do not enjoy watching football, while I am aware that this makes me less American, I do not find it interesting. So tonight my husband ventured out to one of his friends gatherings to enjoy the game while I decided to stay in an focus on my PT studying.

This afternoon I headed out for an easy recovery run while snow begun to fall again. With the footing being uneven, I felt thankful for my steady ankles. Those down dogs and calf raises have saved my life in the past several years, and I'm thankful that I have learned to modify my workouts for the imbalances in my own body. The bodies kinetic chain will thank you for the introduction of yoga into your exercise routine, and I'm a believer that there is no bad candidate for yoga practice.

Thursday I read an article on the online edition of the WSJ titled "A Workout Ate My Marriage".
The writer followed several athletes that compete in endurance events and spend a large amount of their time training. He interviewed those that are most effected in their lives by their commitment to their sport, and how they deal with their spouse spending so much time involved in other things.

Doug and I have been married for three and a half years. We met in middle school and begun dating in high school. We were both members of the track and cross country teams, and we share a mutual interest in running.

Back then he was the guy who was on the team because he was fast and could win almost any race that he ran. He went to the Illinois state meets several times, and had the most incredible leg speed. Between high school and where we are now, life has gotten in the way for him and he has since made other priorities with his life. Now Doug spends the majority of his time focusing on his career, and has let running become an occasional past time.

I joined the track and cross country teams not because I was fast, but because I wanted to be a part of a team and I really had no athletic abilities to make a team that required a tryout. Throughout the years running has developed into something more significant for me, and has opened my eyes to making healthy lifestyle choices that work best for my own body.

A lot of my free time is spent preparing for athletic greatness. Doug and I have discussed how my athletic aspirations effect our happiness and togetherness, and so I make modifications in my training as often as I can so we can make the most of our time. I am aware that for most of our marriage I have spent every Saturday morning heading out extra early for a long run while he is home in bed. I am also aware that he jumps through hoops to make it to ALL of my races, but he makes sacrifices to be a part of my running life because thats what you do when you love someone. Standing on the sidelines while your spouse participates in things that bring them joy is a part of marriage, and we both try to do this as much for one another as possible. Athletic dreams require a lot of dedication not only from the athlete, but also from those that they are closest to.

I appreciate that my husband supports my desire to constantly be challenged and will always be at my side while I continue to pursue my dreams. We have somehow made it work, and thats probably because my husband is amazing and awesome.

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