It’s about time we threw the traditional wining and dining out of the window, running and racing is the new secret to a long, happy and harmonious relationship.
You heard it hear first, those who sweat together stay together. Whether you’re creating exciting memories, sharing a common interest, conquering a fitness goal or simply making your hearts race together – there’s few better things than running and racing alongside your partner.
We wanted to hear some of these stories from couples who race together, so we reached out on Valentine’s Day to see if you had any heart-warming tales for us. The Racecheck community duly delivered and soon we were inundated with awesome stories, even one that led to a finishing line engagement.
Here are the stories that warmed our hearts this Valentine’s Day and added even more weight to the statement, ‘couples who race together, stay together’.
Thank you for sharing your experiences. #NeverRaceAlone.
“It took me 12 years after joining my running club (Aldridge Running Club) to persuade my wife to start running and even then she only joined to get fit for a cycling trip! She was only ever going to run 3 miles, never going to race and was going to stop after the cycle trip.”
“Well 180 Parkruns, 20+ 10ks, and 10+ Half Marathons later she still runs and we do long slow runs together that have increased my own speed and led to PBs at all distances!”
“Will and I train together when we can and have also raced together. Will is so thoughtful, always pushing me to my limits so I can achieve my targets. Will has given up his own chances of achieving a personal best so I could achieve mine.
“Sometimes when I feel like I can't run another step he will encourage (shout ) and motivates me to achieve what I set out to do. I love our time when we run together as does Will as I can't talk too much due to concentrating on being able to breathe.
“But seriously he has been by my side when I suffered so much due to my back issues and he always puts me first and that is why I love him so much.”
“I started running in Jan 2017 and I managed to get hubby to join me in the December. We never thought we would run, and we look back now after a rugby international and laugh how previously we would be nursing a hangover and now we are planning a long run for our training plans. We love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. Here we are at long course weekend last year.”
“I think racing has given us a reason to have those much needed weekends away from the children. It's definitely easier to get childcare if you say it's for a race rather than just a few days in a nice hotel drinking and eating! Hopefully the in-laws never realise the race only takes up one morning of a long weekend.”
“My husband Geoff and I love running together, it's quality time just the two of us, much needed considering our busy work lives and having two children! We get time to talk, share the beauty of the countryside and the experience of the miles shared! Geoff is my wingman both in life and out running, we encourage and support each other! Parkrun is a special family run now, both our children Finn and Eve join us as does our dog Buddy! It's very special to us .... sharing family time as well as keeping fit!”
“James Parfree (A295267) and I started running Parkrun together in December 2017. We were both divorced, in our late 50’s (work friends) and keen to keep active. We continue to meet up every Saturday and have now both completed over 100 Parkruns. We have also done several longer runs and half marathons together. We got engaged on 13th October 2018 after a Parkrun when we were covered in mud . We are getting married in 2019. We are both very happy and currently on holiday in Australia and of course running Parkrun here!”
“Couples who train together, encourage, support, achieve goals and stay together! Phil has supported me on many of my Triathlon and Running adventures. We love our bike rides & swimming in different locations. Completing Frankfurt Marathon and Ironman Barcelona has been our best achievement 🧡 #visorclub.”