Mondays Workout: Rest Day – Giving my legs an extra rest day this week since I have a BIG 10k this weekend (more details later this week)!
Fact: I am a competitive person with just about everything in life (sometimes over the silliest things).
Like last weekend: My husband and I were putting together Thomas puzzles with (for) my son. There were four of them. After putting the first two together, he said he would do one and I could do the other. So, of course, it became a competition for me. He didn’t need me to say it to know that I was suddenly racing to beat him. (In case you were dying to know…I won. Bazinga (totally obsessed with The Big Bang Theory at the moment).)
Or growing up: My sisters and I would compete to see who could get the best grades in school. Okay. Maybe they didn’t compete with me. But I was definitely competing with them. =)
Or with military-related things: My husband went to more schools then I did in the military (he’s a Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault qualified while I am only Airborne). But I deployed more times (and for more time) than he did.
So, of course, running is a competitive topic for me. Like who holds the household PR. While my husband has the best half-marathon time, I have the best marathon time.
Well, after much trash-talking the last few years, my husband has finally agreed to race me – head-to-head – in a half marathon!!!
We are running the Brooklyn Half Marathon the end of May (the date hasn’t been released yet by NYRR). It will be for TOTAL bragging rights in the Gonzalez household =)
I don’t talk about my husband’s running much on here, but he used to run quite a lot. He is naturally WAY faster than I can ever dream to be – so in short races, I don’t stand a chance. However, as the distances get longer, I close the gap more and more. We have run a TON of races together before – some of which he has paced me to win (Waco Trail 10 miler, Grasslands Half Marathon) and others he has paced me to PR (Boston Marathon).
Knowing that I’m racing him in a few months has been a HUGE motivator for me on my speed days and tough runs the last few weeks. I keep imagining us being neck and neck in the last mile or so of the race.
I KNOW I need to work harder to beat him since he is faster. I need to put in those hard speed session, those rough tempo runs. And I’m pretty confident that working on beating him will help me get a shiny new half-marathon PR!
Racing someone rather than myself is new territory for me. Every other time I’ve stepped up to the starting line of a race (with the exception of the 2011 NYC Marathon), I was competing against myself and myself only. It’s not like I point out other runners before a race and think, “Hey, I want to beat them today.” It’s actually pretty exciting knowing that we are going to be in our own little competition amidst the thousands of other runners.
Anyone want to go head-to-head with a friend/significant other in 2013 with me?
Do you like competing?
Have you competed against a significant other or friend in a race before?