Running as a couple might be an intriguing way to connect, writes Radhika Meganathan
It’s not as radical as it is sounds! Running with your spouse can be a time saver, budget saver and even bring couples together with a common goal. But should you do it? Or is it better to train alone, with no familiar distractions, so to speak?
First let’s look at the advantages, and there are quite a few:
- Convenience: When you train with your spouse, you have a running buddy who lives with you! It cannot get easier than this.
- Planning: No more schedule conflicts or communication problem, you can just say, Hi honey, let’s go for a run, and be done with it.
- Instant support system: You can motivate each other, look out for each other and even share the same coach. Think of the savings, you can even share the transport!
Yes you should!
Anna Vergese, project manager in the construction industry who recently moved to Sydney from Hyderabad, feels women can benefit from running with men because men are faster (a physiological advantage, nothing more, nothing less) and that a less experienced runner, especially if they are a woman, who wants to improve can actually do so if she is running with her male spouse.
Ideally Anna would like to run/ train with her husband, but with young kids and no support system they have to take turns and run. “The thing is, I like running – whether it is alone, with my husband or a group,” she confesses. “As for a specific preference of what kind of running I prefer, well, it depends on the mood. I all options, though. As for my husband, I think he runs just to humor me!”
It is okay if you don’t want to