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Marathon Running: The New Counseling for Couples?

Guest blog from marathoner, Curt Davies.


There comes a time when couples will experience tension in their
relationship. Being with one person can pose new difficulties unheard of
by those who may be single… but they do exist. For some, relationship
counseling may be beneficial; for others, not so much. Fortunately,
there is still hope for any relationship encountering friction – it’s
just not something which is often proposed, but should be considered. In
this article, I’m going to be discussing how running a marathon with
your partner can be a far more effective, natural way to build a strong
and everlasting relationship, whether it’s currently on the brink of
failure, or maybe just content.

1. You’re in it together

When you run and train for a marathon with your partner, there is no “I”
in the process. You go through the same routine (or slightly different)
and can empathize with the pain which may (will) be endured. Of course,
this is the one exemption of “good” pain. The process of running a
marathon is exhausting, but the training involved is even more so. Your
body will ache. Your head will hurt. It will be tough, particularly in
the beginning, but think of it as a reflection of your relationship. The
beginning is always the hardest part, but as you journey more together,
it gradually becomes easier. At least, I hope that’s what’s happened –
it will once you begin training and running marathons, that’s for sure.
In essence, when you’re putting your body through such pain, you know
you’re not alone, which is the main part.

2. Understanding the struggles

Running and training for a marathon allows each partner in the
relationship to understand one another. There is no need to vindicate
(justify) a purchase on an expensive pair of running shoes, kissing a
sweaty face, or being exposed to such strange smells. Both endure the
same process of becoming fit enough to run the marathon, and there are
no reasons to feel alienated after a long, strenuous training session
which may leave you in a state of dripping sweat, or a bit smelly.

3. Anger outlet

Say you’ve had a rough day: your boss is angry with you; your friends
are all busy, and there’s nothing good to watch on TV. So what do you
do? You probably go on your computer to escape from all the bills and
other unpleasant realities you could be facing. Maybe you even take it
out on your partner. However, that is evidently not a productive way of
escaping from life problems (not that there’s ever a productive way of
doing so) and maybe you’d feel like you’re bettering your life if there
was a purpose for your actions. This is why training for a marathon can
be a good outlet for stress and anger you may have in you. You may even
find that anger perishes, and becomes obsolete when you train and run
marathons. You may even find that you become a more positive person in
general – with your partner by your side throughout the process.

4. The marathon itself is worth it

Once you’ve gone through the grueling months of training and getting fit
enough to run a marathon, it’s time to actually face the marathon. Your
whole journey has led to this moment with your partner, and it’s time to
face the 26.2 miles square in the face. Depending on which marathon
you’re running will not only indicate the number of people not only
running along with you, but also in the audience cheering you on. Let me
just tell you: this experience is something you will never forget, even
when you become old and your memory begins to fade. When you’re running
with your partner from the start to finish, you can say “we did it” (I
propose this won’t be the only thing to happen). Let me warn you: things
could get emotional really quickly. The amount of times I’ve seen people
in tears once they reach the finish line is overwhelming, and most
definitely worth the experience. When you do something you love with the
love of your life, the experience is even more incredible, and even more
so with the crowd around, congratulating you in the process. Did I
mention you’ll both get a medal for finishing?

5. Sharing traveling experiences

When you run marathons, it’s not just a one-off thing. It can be far
more than that, and even become a long term routine, and may even become
traditional. When you run marathons, they won’t all be situated in the
same location. They will always be distributed all over the world, which
can open up travelling opportunities. Whether it is in America,
Australia, or any other location, there is bound to be marathons
available for you to run. Grab this opportunity with two hands, catch a
flight to that location and get running! It will be worth it. Be sure to
take some pictures, and even write about the journey. You’ll look back
at these moments for the rest of your life, and be glad you did it.

Marathon running can be an excellent way to help build your relationship
to a new level, and should be considered. Sometimes you may feel as
though you’d have better luck running for president (or prime minister)
than convincing your partner that running is a good idea, but with
enough perseverance and commitment, your relationship is destined to
become enriched through the marathon running experiences.


Author Bio

Curt Davies is a marathon enthusiast and has built his own website
located at www.marathondriven.com. It’s stacked with information and
other goodies regarding marathon running and training for those over the
age of 30. If you want to find out more about Curt and what he writes
about, you can freely open the link mentioned earlier.

Hey Megan…

What Makes You Tick?

Within the last decade Roller Derby has exploded around the US, and during that time the sport as done a complete 180. In the early days, Derby was about skating as fast as you could and hitting as hard as possible. As the sport grew and matured so did the skaters. Today, Derby is a serious competition that requires extensive training both on and off skates. The TICKR X memory feature allows me to track my heart rate and calories burned while on the track and during my cross training sessions off skates. I’m able to use the double tap feature to mark where certain drills begin and end. At the end of practice, I review that data in my workout summary, and I’m able to see where I could have pushed myself harder and during which drills my heart rate maxed out. It’s made me a much better player and more fit in general!


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Hey Michelle…

What Makes You Tick?

The TICKR X is great for many activities, and we can’t forget running. It tracks not only my heart rate and calories, but also my cadence and other running form metrics. I can see if I’m pushing myself too hard or not hard enough during a run by looking at my heart rate – which appears on my phone and/or my GPS watch if I want to run phone-free. If I run with my phone, I can see my cadence, ground contact time, vertical oscillation, and my running smoothness, all of which tell me if I’m running efficiently. The TICKR X is a great companion for all of those Turkey Trots coming up next week – you’ll know exactly how many extra calories you’ve burned and if you can have that extra slice of pumpkin pie. P.S. Kids like to wear the TICKR X too and show off that they can get their heart rate higher than you can – there’s at least some truth to 220-age!


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Hey Kevin…

What Makes You Tick?

Tracking heart rate and calories burned during my tennis matches has always been difficult because of the limited range of Bluetooth technology. The TICKR X’s memory feature has finally solved this problem. Before each match, I put on the X, and leave my phone in the tennis bag. The X records and stores my heart rate and calories burned during the entire match. At the end of each set, I use the double tap feature on the X to create a marker to designate set breaks. After the workout, the Wahoo app provides a simple, straightforward analysis of how my body performed while on the court. Heart rate data is graphed over time, and I can see exactly when my body was pushed to the limits. I’ve noticed my heart rate slowly rises throughout the duration of the match, and is particularly taxed in the last set. In response, I’ve worked to improve my conditioning off the court with longer runs to build up my cardio endurance.



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Mike’s Project Power – Week 6

“The body is starting to respond to the KICKR”


I’ll admit it, I started out a bit too strong. Going from 0 to 4 workouts per week was too ambitious. The first weeks were torture and I could barely finish the workouts, work got in the way, excuse excuse, excuse, blah blah blah. Fast forward to last night.

Last night I had an hour after the kids went to bed and jumped on the trainer. I had 4 trainer or outdoor bike rides in 10 days and was starting to feel better about myself. The workouts were magically beginning to string themselves together and my body got used to exercising again. Isn’t there an old adage about this – success begets success?

The Trainer Road FIN workout that was crushing 4 weeks ago was now easier (I guess I need to re-do my FTP test). I accomplished the workout with no issues and felt strong – but tested – the entire time. There were no grunts, no thoughts of quitting, or “gosh this sucks worse than my annual physical”. Even though I am on the Bike / KICKR only 2-3 times per week on average, I feel stronger and much more at ease during riding. Heck, last night I jumped off the trainer and worked for a few more hours cleaning up email and cooking meals for the rest of the week – I wasn’t fatigued at all.

First shot at FIN…quit after 28 min


Second shot at FIN…crushed it!

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What a difference a few weeks makes!

The best part? I jumped on the scale today. I am down from 189 lbs from the start of the project to 184.5 lbs. I forgot how awesome cycling is for losing weight. Spending 3-4 hours a week in the fat burning zone really is magic. I am hungry all of the time yet my weight is down and my belt is feeling bigger. This is the biggest motivator for hitting the trainer again and again – looking good in spandex aka not having wife point at me and laugh!

During my next blog, I will do an in depth look at my trainer set up. While having Trainer Road on my Macbook pro is awesome and easy, I am really looking forward to having it on my iPhone.

Fitness level: starting to see a glimmer of light on the horizon
Feel: workouts are easier, I am not dreading them anymore.
Weight: 184.5
FTP: 210 (last tested Aug 11 but need to retest)
Watts per KG: 2.51
My Strava account.