Preparing for a fun run is more “fun” when you are preparing for it with your partner. Preparing for an activity like this is a challenge for the mind and body. “Mental strength only exists in the context of a challenge,” says Justin Ross Psy.D., which is why running is not only for your physical benefit. It can greatly improve your mental health strength, as well.
Running with your partner has its obvious benefits. You feel at ease and the push to finish stronger. You also become more motivated to run because you are training with your loved one.
However, if this is your first time to prepare for a run with your partner, heed our tips on how to build up your endurance for the big day – together.
Set Your Goals
What is your goal for joining the run? Is it to increase your cardio activity? Is it to finish the race within a specific period?
Take note of all of these goals and discuss it with your partner. You should be able to arrive at a mutual decision, so you can proceed to create your game plan. During this discussion, you can also talk about the training activities you will undergo in preparation for your run. These activities may include swimming activities, hiking, or even biking.
Your game plan can help you adjust your training schedule. You may opt to put mini-goals at the end of each week leading to the big day. It will help you focus each week.
You have a training buddy who’s with you 24/7. It is a plus because your training program will be holistic. You can plan your meals accordingly because you’re both preparing for the same thing.
A child psychologist, and a runner himself, named Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes once said that “Psychologically, running allows you to organize things in your mind and encourages creativity.” While you run with your partner, you can talk about many things about your life and this improves your bonding and intimacy.
Start On A Comfortable Pace
If you’re not a professional athlete, do not overexert yourself. It will bring undue pressure to you physically and psychologically.
Starting at a comfortable pace will also enable you to build up your speed gradually. It is also a chance for your partner to establish a set rhythm.
Test your initially set pace for a week then adjust if necessary. Also, take note of the differences in your running styles. You may have to talk it out with your partner if the training gets too strenuous for one of you.
Encourage, Not Compete
Sports can be competitive. And if you are already having intimacy issues with your partner, it might create an issue. Competing with your partner can easily ensue when training. However, you must resist this desire at all costs!
Instead of competing, set your mind to encourage your partner to get their running goals. Do this if you want to end your training peacefully!
Encouraging each other to achieve individual goals also heightens the trust factor between the two of you. You will think of your partner as a collaborator, instead of a competitor.
On the big day, you will be able to enjoy the run because you will feel the support of your spouse who’s running alongside you.
“There are some people who become blocked or overwhelmed by the intimacy of therapy in an office setting,” says Jennifer Lager, PsyD and running can be your form of therapy.
In the end, it is important to note however that running with a partner is not for everyone. Some people are accustomed to running alone. When they suddenly try to run with another person, they tend to lose their momentum and focus. Determine early on if couple’s running is for you by trying out these tips.