My hubby and I have always had a competitive streak in us when it comes to running. We started running at the same time, have run a few races together and pushed each other when we needed it.
With the arrival of children, our running time together is all but non-existent now. But that hasn’t eliminated our competitiveness. Or at least it hasn’t eliminated mine
We’ve both run 5k and 10k distances a lot and we both share the same PR for 10k (59:02) time. Our 5K PR time has been fluctuating and since our 10K time was set about 4 years ago (yikes!), we’ve been teetering on the edge of breaking out as individual runners.
And that means that the war is on!
As I’ve been training for my half marathon, I’ve had a few 5k and 10k runs and have managed to PR my June time of 29:49 two more times with the most recent coming last week at 29:09. Not to be outdone, hubby went out the next night and beat that time by 10 seconds. He may or may not have been a bit smug about it This week, I did a 10k training run on Tuesday in which I beat his time from the 10K he ran a couple of weeks ago by nearly a minute.
The wheels are definitely turning now!
Don’t be fooled, we always encourage each other in our running and are happy when new feats are achieved and right now is no exception to that. But there’s something a bit fun about trying to one-up the other. It gives us something to strive for through the winter when neither of us will be training for any races until the New Year (unless, in a moment of weakness and relative stupidity I sign up for the hypothermic half that’s on 3 weeks after I’m slated to go back to work).
I think it’s safe to say: Dear hubby…I love you. But IT. IS. ON!!!
Do you have a friendly competitive streak with your spouse, partner, best friend, coworker? Does it make you a better athlete and can you still cheer each other on?