A little friendly competition

13 Apr


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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

SundayRundayIt’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?ย 


Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Exercise


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4 responses to “A little friendly competition

  1. Mary

    April 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Oh I bet that lake is beautiful in the spring. Love a little competition and I think it is something good for couples. …well most of the time…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • mypersonalcoffeebreak

      April 19, 2014 at 8:44 am

      It definitely is! It’s also gorgeous in the fall. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I agree–a little competition can be fun, and we really don’t take it too seriously. But it’s good for a laugh and a little push ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Lisa Wagner

    April 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Your post made me laugh: I pictured him cheezin’ slyly saying, “8.1” and you firing back, : “How fast???”. I don’t consider myself a very competitive person, especially compared with some people I know. In fact it bothers me when others try to compete with me and I didn’t invite it. I do have a competitive part, but it is only with myself-I think it is connected to always wanting to be the best I can be in a couple areas of my life that I value. The only times I can manage to be competitive are: with sports teams I support as a fan (I love to talk smack), and if someone is maliciously gunning for me–(Then, “It’s on!”) I also prefer team sports to individual ones, and my focus becomes as much about just enjoying the sport and sharing the experience with my teammates, as it does about winning or losing. I can see how a friendly competition may make certain activities more interesting / enjoyable, however, and the more fun to be had, the better! This was a fun post to think about :).

    • mypersonalcoffeebreak

      April 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Haha, you know he was! He started it, and he knows that I’ll bite the bait. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think my competitive side comes from being a tomboy as a kid and growing up with 3 brothers. We dared each other to do things and they often thought I wouldn’t follow through. I’ll never forget my jump off the high dive at the rec pool. It took me at least five minutes to get the guts to do it, but I jumped! I also think it has to do with playing on sports teams for so long. I agree–I love competition against myself….always trying to see if I can go one more mile or a minute faster. It has a lot to do with always setting new goals, I suppose. Glad it was fun! Thanks!!


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