The past four years I have had several different running partners. Old friends, new friends, mom friends, and young friends. Nothing like running with a seventeen year old to make your youth go rushing through your mind like a jet plane!
Last year Chris helped me train for a Summer Solstice half where I PR’d (2:10)… he did such a good job helping me that I all but begged him to join for the Knoxville Half this year. Once he agreed to it I signed him up so there would be no backing out!
Chris did the treadmill for his weekday short runs and then on Saturday joined me outside for our long runs. Every week I looked forward to Saturday morning – it was honestly like a “date night” for us. We rarely get alone time. Chris and I together sharing one of my favorite places in the world – the pavement. The perfect “date”.
I love to run. It makes me happy. I forget about the stresses of the day – the messy house, piles of laundry, my busy schedule. I just let go and I run. Sharing it with my favorite person in the world made it all the better.
He even kept me on my toes when I missed my early morning runs due to snow or rain.
I managed to snap a few photos from some of our long runs… I think on this day we were super COLD during our run.
Chris did not enjoy the long runs like I did … I was seriously giddy at times watching him run next to me. For Chris I think it was more a labor of love. He ran with me, trained for that half because I wanted him too. His loving “act of service”.
Race day came… it was so cold! The week before the race we were expecting 47 degrees at the start of the race. It was actually in the low 30’s and windy when we started Sunday morning. So cold!
Not only did we start… but we FINSIHED in record time! It was an amazing day… and what made it all the best was sharing it with this guy!
Seriously … is there a better finish line than this!?
We did it… hopefully I can convince him to do it again!
Hopefully I can manage to post my full race review soon!!