In honour of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d write about the benefits of working out with a significant other. It’s no secret that Kelly and I share a common love of activity. We often participate in the same events, and even if we don’t race them together we train together for many.
I absolutely love training with Kelly and wouldn’t want it any other way! Here are my top five reasons why it’s better together.
Kelly and I don’t have frequent date nights, or so I thought until I realized every bike ride we go on and run or ski we do together is our version of date night. We may wear spandex instead of stylish clothes and burn calories instead of eat them but the essence of a date is the same: spend time together without interruption and have some fun.
We’ve gone on some amazing ‘dates’, from seeing bears while biking to gorgeous sunrises on the trails to SUPing in Hawaii.
I am so thankful I get to share the experiences with Kelly.
In it together
We battle the bad and praise the positive…together. Have you run in shin deep snow, biked in a thunderstorm, or scaled up a sizeable mountain? I have both alone and with Kelly. Believe me when I tell you it’s a lot better when you’re with someone. Frustration turns to laughing and it just doesn’t seem as tough or intimidating.
A six-hour bike ride, a triple brick, waking up early on vacation to beat the heat. Some people just can’t comprehend why we willingly do this. If your significant other does it, too, then at least someone close to you understands (and will often do it with you)!
When I suffer from injury, I can be extra sensitive (or grumpy depending on who you ask!). Since Kelly’s been there, he understands where I’m coming from and gives me a little leeway.
There’s this one farm dog on my favourite bike route. He despises me, and I swear he knows I’m coming from miles away. He chases me, barking, with his ferocious teeth bared. If Kelly’s with me, he hangs behind to stay between the dog and me.
I can also be a timid trail runner whether it’s in the city (scared of lurkers) or in the mountains (wild animals). When I’m with Kelly, I generally forget about worrying and just enjoy the run!
Lastly, I’m not the best with mechanical issues on my bike. Actually, I downright suck at fixing a flat tire. If I’m alone, chances are it’ll take me up to an hour and sometimes even then I need to call for a ride because I’ve gone through my supply of spare tubes or CO2 cartridges. If I get a flat with Kelly, he can change it in what feels like seconds!
Call it competitive drive, but it keeps me motivated to work out and race with Kelly! Whether it’s running or biking further than planned, going faster, or just being silly and trying to plank for longer, I am motivated to do better and be better.
“I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together.” – jack johnson
With all that being said, many people use running as their ‘me’ time. I think that’s wonderful and sometimes nothing cures a grumpy or introspective mood better than a solo run or ride!
Also, it doesn’t have to be a significant other. It can be better together with friends or training partners, too!
Tell me: do you think it’s better together or better alone?
What are your favourite activities to do with someone and by yourself?
Thanks for reading! I scheduled a few posts to go up while I’m cruising the California coast with my family. I don’t expect to be online much, so I won’t be commenting on blogs or writing trip updates on here. However, I hope to post to my Instagram feed (thechangeofpace) when the mood strikes!