I am one of the lucky (well maybe lucky, LOL) ones that has a husband that runs! He has always ran with me kinda here and there nothing regular and NEVER to train for something! Well ever since November that changed....
Spring/Summer 2012 the hubs said he was hanging up his running shoes for a while and was going to focus more on "the gym" aka weights. He works on Saturdays so he isn't able to run as many 5k's as I do but there are several that we usually do together. After the 3k in March he did none! We ran together maybe a total of 5 times in the evenings but nothing much.
And then November rolled around and he's ready to run again??!! I had just finished the Monumental Marathon so I was (and am) slow and on a cut back schedule, there was several 5k's left for the year and several that he was able to do!
The next week we ran the Jingle Bell Jog 5k, this is one of the hardest 5k courses around with a few good size hills. This is a fun 5k because you pick up a present along the course carry it to the finish and its yours! Who would have guessed on December 2 it would be 70*!! I think that made LOTS of people come out and the fact that this race is for a great cause Alzheimer's. A race of normally 200+ people turned into 400+!! That is awesome! My friends host this race as her dad was affected by the disease so I was happy for them! They asked for us not to pick up presents since there was a much larger turn out than expected which was no problem! The hubs and I stayed together this time well until the end. In the last half mile I just really lost it winded and worn out (I ran a 6k the day before also). I told him to just go on with out me I would try to catch up.
And off he went.......
|He was only about 30 seconds ahead of me!|
After that race I was done with 5k's and races for 2012........so I thought! A couple of weeks later was the Santa Shuffle 5k in Somerset, Ky. This one the hubs wanted to do and even arranged to take off work to go. I was so hopeful it was going to be a small crowd, it was a pretty cool morning there ended up being about 150 people.
Now we are running together at least 3 times a week and usually its with other people. I can not keep up with him! He is way faster than me and just started running regular in November?? Dang! I looked back at my "faster" times and just back in October I could run the 4 mile loop comfortable at 8:45 - 8:50 which is about where he is at. Now I am struggling to hold a 9:30 and on a good day 9:15! I just keep telling myself its only January and my new training period is only beginning, I WILL GET THERE!!
Oh yea and we are training for
Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon something he said he never wanted to to:)
So what's your opinion, Are men just naturally faster? I think certain people are just born fast but it does seem like men are faster in general.