The hubby and I have recently taken to jogging very very slowly running together. And guess what? It turns out its actually quite therapeutic. I used to be an avid runner, but with hip problems, the crazy humidity here and just aging in general, I’ve taken to being an elliptical/whatever-a-CYBEX-is- fiend. Its a nice sweat and I get to watch TV (pretty much the only time I do!). The only problem is that it feels much like being a hamster on a wheel. Trying your hardest to make it but still. going. nowhere. Eventually I just loose motivation.
So that’s why we started running (ok, maybe it had more to do with the little panza around my hubby’s waist :)). Running makes me feel like I’m making progress. Gaining ground. Accomplishing something. Unlike other areas of my life that just stand. still.
Not all the areas though. Some parts of our life are moving quite out of control right now. Like crazy, head-spinning fast! Like, moving to another country fast. I guess its good to feel accomplishment with the small things. Like running 3 miles.
There are additional benefits to running with my hubby too. Like realizing that sometimes when you’re so out of shape running so fast, you don’t have time to talk everything out. No time to analyze every little, tiny detail of your life trying to figure out what it all means. (Something we are entirely too good at and only getting dangerously better at as these PhD.’s wear on…)
Sometimes all the words in the world don’t get you anywhere anyways because at the end of the day you still have to walk the walk. With running you can just be together, with no pressure for words. And I like that. Its refreshing to see in the physical sense that no matter how tired I am of it and how much it hurts, in the silence of our breathing I can look across my shoulder and see my hubby running right beside me.
And that’s comforting.
Do you run together? Do another activity together? I’m usually a go out for coffee/lunch type of girl – and did I mention over-analyze? – so I’m curious to see how you get your quality time with significant people in you life!