In case you missed my post last month, I have my first client! Yup it’s my hubby! My husband, in a moment of weakness, agreed to train for a 5k on December 6th with me as his coach. So here we are at month 2 already and it’s time for an update on how he is doing.
We’ve been using a couch to 5k plan with run/walk intervals. He pretty much stayed on schedule the first few weeks and the plan started off pretty slow and easy. He began running 2 min/walking 2 min. Those intervals slowly increased throughout the month.
The hubs decided he needed new shoes as he was having some shin soreness. I love shopping for new shoes, even if they are not for me. On the way to the store, he informed me that he really “doesn’t like running” yet. What? Aren’t you feeling that surge of adrenaline and sense of accomplishment after your runs?, I asked him. Apparently, “no” not so much. Well maybe some new shoes will help!
We headed to Runner Runner Sports and did the full analysis on the treadmill to see which shoes they recommended for him. Funny story: While he was being analyzed and fitted, he overheard a conversation I was having with the manager about shoes and new styles etc.
Hubs: “Do you realize you just wasted 20 min talking about running & shoes?”
Me: “I know! Fun- got some good info!”
The look on his face was priceless. He has zero patience for this type of “nonsense”. Yup we are on 2 totally different levels here. I still have hope though you never know!
The new shoes apparently did the trick! While away last weekend, he hopped on one of those treadmills that allows you to virtually run in tourist spots around the world. He was scheduled to run 7 min walk 3 x 3. He came back in to report that he ran 22 min straight! He didn’t stop for the walk intervals.
Hubs: “I just got in the zone and really enjoyed the scenery and the time just flew by! Has that ever happened to you?”
Me: ” Ah yes!! (insert sarcasm) I believe it has!” (Finally!)
Although the hubs would never admit that he likes running, I think that he is starting to. He is realizing that he can run farther than he thought. I also think he is enjoying the rewards he is getting from me (wink wink). I do like a man who sweats!
We are now 10 weeks out from the 5k so lots of time to get to 30-35 min of running comfortably. Goal for month 3: run outside at least once to see how it feels. All of his runs have been on the treadmill. Training is going really well. Stay tuned for updates next month.
Tell me…Can you get your significant other to run with you?