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Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 in Running | 8 comments

A Little Competition

Atlas and I made it to the gym yesterday! Whoo hoo! Atlas only lasted about 10 minutes in childcare before he started screaming to get out, but fortunately Dave and some of his sweet employees were around to entertain my crazy kid so I could still get in a quality run on the treadmill.

IMG_4357Dave is actually the Executive of the gym, so Atlas put on his business clothes since he knew he would be hanging out in his dad’s office. He was dressed to impressed.

And speaking of Dave…he got into the NYC half marathon! It was a lottery system, and unfortunately I didn’t get in. Bummer, I know. But I’m so excited to cheer Dave on in March. I’m hoping to get Atlas an awesome shirt made for the race. And even though I’ll be watching the NYC half from the sidelines, I think Dave & I are going to do another half marathon together in Pennsylvania so I’ll still get a race in this season.

We determined last night that we are just a little bit competitive. On Thursday, Dave ran intervals for 5 miles and sent me the screen shot of his workout summary. I joked with him that I was the inspiration behind those intervals since I ran so many intervals while in Atlanta. Then yesterday, I decided to do intervals too and wouldn’t ya know, I ended up completing 5 miles.

interval_competitionWe averaged almost the exact same pace, even thought we didn’t even run together. Dave’s screen shot is on the left and mine is on the right. Mine is the one with the pace that is 2 seconds faster. 😉

Dave actually runs circles around me and is significantly faster (every once in a while he humors me and runs with me), but we just ran different intervals so it actually appeared as though I was the faster one this week. I ran a 1 mile warm up, then 20 minutes of intervals, then a 1.5 mile cool down. While I think extreme competition in relationships can be detrimental, sometimes a little competition is good because it pushes you to be better. I’m grateful for a husband who pushes me to run a little faster and I like to think I push him too.

Actually, I know I push him. He woke up and ran 6 miles today and sent me the screen shot of his workout summary to show me just how much faster he can run.

Now, if we could just push each other to eat healthier. We came home last night and I ate a double cheeseburger, cornbread and birthday cake fro yo. I wish I could say I was joking. Breastfeeding + running = insatiable appetite.

I also snacked on these.

IMG_4330I don’t like dark chocolate and I don’t like almonds but I can’t stop eating these. I know that makes no sense. Those things are addicting! But dark chocolate is supposed to be good for your heart, right? And every healthy person I know is always snacking on almonds. So this must be a healthy snack.

I may not be able to beat Dave in all our runs, but I’m confident if we had an eating contest, I would win every single time (Seriously – feeding another human being is a workout that leaves me starving). Probably not a competition I should take part in though…



    • It sounds like such a neat race! The first 6 miles are through Central Park, so it would be a challenging run but so incredibly fun. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos and I’ll see if Dave would be willing to write a race recap so you can get the scoop on it if you ever sign up. 😉

  1. I have come to the conclusion that basically everything from Trader Joe’s is the best thing ever. Seriously, that store is amazing. Other thoughts on this post, Atlas is absolutely adorable and I had a similar dinner last night and I’m not breast feeding, so do it up, girl!! 🙂
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    • Girl, I just got these things called ‘smashing s’mores’ from TJ’s yesterday. They are almost gone today. They’re so good, it is bad!

      And I saw on FB that you made the front cover of that magazine! Super star! So excited for you, friend! Love that you are following your dreams and pursuing your passions! 🙂

    • Isn’t is so bizarre? My sister convinced me to try them and I’m sort of mad at her for it because I can’t stop eating them now. LOL

  2. Hahaha I love your little competitive streak! I recently started seeing a guy who does long distance running as well and I found it so much fun to keep up with him when we ran together the first time. He claimed he was going as fast as he usually does, but I think he was just being nice so I wouldn’t get left in his dust 😉

    Oh and remind me not to read your posts on an empty stomach!! A cheeseburger and some chocolate covered almonds sound amaazing right now..
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    • Dave used to run with me when we first started dating, Katie. Now he usually starts running with me and then leaves me waaaaay behind. haha
      Either way, I at least I enjoy having someone to start running with me since that is usually the toughest part. 😉


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