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Living with a Non-Runner: The Art of Balance

Ah, the exhilarating life of a runner. Those refreshing morning dashes and the feel of the wind against your face are things only a runner can truly appreciate. But, living with a non-runner who doesn’t share this passion? That's an art. And a delicate one at that.

Picture this: you're up at the break of dawn, shoes laced, ready to embrace the world one step at a time. But your partner? They're tucked away under the blanket, perhaps dreaming of a world where alarm clocks don't exist. It's crucial to respect that difference. When waking up early, stealth and silence should be your best friends. Avoid letting your pre-run routine disturb their serene slumber.

Speaking of differences, let's talk food. While your body is steadily churning and burning through those fuel sources as you ramp up your miles. They may be asking, "Didn't you just eat?!?"

Which leads you to start silently (or not-so-silently) planning on how you can make their body disappear. Take a deep breath and remember they don't truly realize how much effort you are putting into your training and how vital it is to replenish and refuel accordingly. If all else fails, remind yourself that getting arrested for their murder will likely mean you miss your race. We can't have that, can we?

Now, about your partner joining your runs. It's the dream, isn’t it?

But let’s face it, if merely the mention of a jog makes them roll their eyes, it's a sign. Introduce them slowly to your world. Maybe start with a peaceful evening walk, and who knows? With time, they might just surprise you with a sprint!

And while we’re on introductions, how about giving them a brief insight into running jargon? While PRs and split times may be your daily chatter, to them, it might sound like a foreign language. Share your accomplishments, but also remember to ask about their day and show genuine interest in their stories.

Lastly, amidst all the races, training, and euphoria of a new personal best, the little gestures of love and appreciation towards your partner should never take a backseat. A surprise date, an unexpected gift, or even a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way in keeping the romance alive. Want more tips on how to get your spouse on board with your running? Check out this podcast episode on how to inspire your partner to run with you. Or share this blog with them.

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