Today there were lots of laughs at our house over a little friendly competition my husband and I have going on lately. We both run, but often not together due to our schedules. He prefers the treadmill lately because he tends to get shin splints and says it helps. I prefer to run outdoors as much as I can, depending on the weather and time of day. After our first snowfall in October and about 5 months of treadmill running, it takes a lot to get me back on the treadmill. I thought I would have to surrender this weekend, since we have had terrible storms. The temperatures have dropped again, and it has been raining heavily for most of the past two days, with dark skies and hail added to the mix.
This morning I saw that it was not supposed to rain until about noon, so I decided to head out and get it done, praying it wouldn’t start pouring until I got home. I hate to run in the rain–I’m definitely not one of those people who enjoys it. There’s something very uncomfortable about raindrops in your contact lenses and sloshing, waterlogged shoes.
So, when he asked me today how far I was going for my long run, I told him 8 miles. He’d already run 8 one day this week, so I expected him to do less. However, just the fact that he asked me meant he wanted to try to one-up me. Hmmm…. We headed out around the same time, and I got home a few minutes before he returned from the gym. When he came inside, I was stretching and asked him, “So…how far did you go?” His answer: “8.1 miles.” Of course he did. Then, I quickly followed up with, “How fast?” and it turns out, I got him there! 😉
It’s not my fastest, but surely not my slowest. I’m quite pleased with it, considering that there was little sun and it was misting the whole time. I ended my run next to a lake close to our house. You can see the fog and the lack of green here. Come on, spring! This lake is usually a beautiful scene with views of the bluffs on the other side. I’m looking forward to a lot more outdoor running this spring and summer, as well as some more trash talking at our house!
Do you consider yourself a competitive person? Do you make up friendly competitions with friends or your significant other?