So I have NEVER done two blogs in one day. With my crazy life and schedule, I am lucky to get one a week done! However, as I was soaking in the amazing hot bath complete with muscle soak salts and candles around my garden tub, courtesy of my amazing husband, I thought I needed to mention a few things.
We BOTH ran 9 miles tonight. Yet after dinner, he went to the bathroom and set up this amazing super hot bath for me and thought nothing of doing something to ease his own pain. He had already told me his hip was bothering him. He is the most caring and thoughtful man I have ever known.
So after the awesome hot bath, which really helped my muscles, he comes and sits down next to me on the sofa with a bottle of lotion and a towel in his hands and tells me to prop my feet up because he is going to give me a foot rub.
I felt so guilty and told him I knew he was tired and sore and did not need to do this, but he insisted. How many men would do this? Not too many I would guess.
I could never do this half marathon training without Ben and his incredible support. I was feeling so bad tonight, and yet he found a way to motivate me to fight through the leg cramps and sciatic nerve issues and plug away and before I knew it, we were at mile 8 and I knew I could go one more.
Before we do a long run, we pray together and ask God for the stamina to finish and to finish injury free. God always answers those prayers. I love having a partner who knows God gets all the glory for our accomplishments.
I am not a morning person at all. Ben really is, and he is so patient with me. When we have a run planned in the mornings, he gets up, gets his running clothes on and makes coffee. It is so hard for me to get out of bed at five or five-thirty a.m., but he sweetly motivates me to do it anyway and once we get dressed and get out the door, I feel great.
Many husbands would roll over and decide not to fight the morning monster and just go back to sleep. Mine has the patience to get me motivated.
when we run, Ben always stays with me. if he ran his own pace, he could run so much faster and post WAY better times. I always tell him I don’t mind if he wants to run his own race at his own pace, but he always runs by my side. Actually, if we are at the park and it is crowded, we run single file and he makes me take the lead and set the pace and he follows.
Ben is so selfless. to him, it is more important that we do this together than to finish in the top of his age division. For the last two 5k’s we did, he insisted we cross the finish line holding hands. Sure some may say it is cheesy, but he is my soul mate and I waited 35 years for God to send him my way and so I will be cheesy with him all day long. I feel so proud to cross the line holding his hand and I know we will cross the finish line in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon the exact same way.
One day, I really do want Ben to run a race at his own pace and see how awesome he does. I feel like I hold him back, but he does not see it that way. He sees running as one more thing we can do together and we really enjoy running that way.
I am so blessed to have someone like Ben to enjoy this sport with and to push me to be my best every time, even when I am tired and do not feel like I can do it or go another step. I just want the world to know how much I love and appreciate Ben and all he does and sacrifices for me and to make me more successful.
I couldn’t imagine going the distance without him!
I love you baby!