Hello! How goes it? Things are trucking along today, as they always do. Come on, 5:30!
My knees are still a little sore. I’ve decided it was the pace of Sunday’s 12.0 miler that did me in, NOT the distance. This makes me feel better for my races this weekend, as I will just simply maintain a slower, less jarring pace. I rubbed Tiger Balm all over my legs and did some yoga last night, and that really seemed to improve things.
Around 10:30, I snacked on a peach.
And I stole lunch from Meghann. I had a yummy cup of Wolfgang’s Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup with a grilled cheese sammie on the side. Plus, a pickle!
I pressed the sammie in the George Foreman. Inside is about 1 serving of extra sharp cheddar cheese and some raw spinach. Mmmm. No butter required!
This morning, Kelly posted a story about her boyfriend, who has recently acquired a desire to work out with her. This got me thinking about my own relationship with the Husband and how our interests are so different sometimes.
Don’t get me wrong — the Husband and I have tons of similar interests, like politics, the dogs, being active, drinking wine, traveling, alternative medicine, healthy eating, learning, going to tourist traps, etc. But, there are two things that make Husband and I really, really different from each other.
- He hates running. Obviously, I love to run and dedicate more than three hours each week to the sport. About four times a year, I convince him to go on a run with me, but its never more than 3.0 miles.
- I hate sports. The Husband loooves watching college football, professional football, European football, college basketball, golf, etc. I would rather shoot myself in the foot than watch sports on TV. Seriously.
These competing interests cause some strife in our household. Sometimes, I get mad if he spends "too much" time watching sports, and he gets upset if I blow off hanging out with him to go on a 2 hour run. I think that’s our "selfish" sides coming out — it’s a natural desire to want your partner to be exactly like you, isn’t it?
Even though we’ve been together for 5 years, there’s still a lot for me to learn about how to have a healthy relationship — the dynamic is always changing between two people as they "grow up." We both actively strive to make each other happy, even if that means occasionally doing some thing we personally do not enjoy.
I know I’ll never make the Husband a runner — although, I must admit, it would be awesome if he was just as dedicated as I was and we could do races together. But, I’ll settle for him being active with me — so we go to the gym together twice a week. And the Husband knows I’ll never be a die-hard sports fan, but last month we bought season tickets for the Miami Hurricanes. And I’m actually excited to go to all 6 games!
If you’re in a relationship, do you and your partner have different interests or hobbies? Does this ever cause stress in the relationship? How do you balance the "we" with the "I"?