The Pros and Cons
Racing with Your Other (Better?) Half
By Adam Gifford
lucky enough to have found a girl who will run ultras with me (of course since
I run ultras some may say that I am simply lucky enough to have found a girl at
all). We run about 10 ultras a year together. Now when I say “together” I don’t
mean that we just run the same races, I mean that we run every step of each
race TOGETHER. If this is something that you have been considering then here is
a brief list of the pros and cons of racing with your other half.
induced hallucinations during a hundred miler can really create a bonding
moment (“Honey, do you see that squid wearing a beret and eating candy
corn? Of course I do, it’s right behind the giant bottle of mouthwash
levitating over that lava pit.”)
both stop getting invited to boring dinner parties because all of your
stories are about dehydration, kidney failure, and Rhabdomyolysis.
with in-laws will be easy compared to that time that you both had to deal
with acute mountain sickness and hypothermia at 3am in the middle of the
have to watch a person pop blisters, shoot snot rockets, throw up, and pee
right on the trail all while thinking, “This is the person I want to spend
the rest of my life with.”
can’t get out of household chores by using the excuse that you just ran a
long race. (“Really? You’re too tired because you ran an ultra this
weekend? You mean the same one that I ran? I should be the one who’s too
tired considering that I practically CARRIED you between miles 75 and
is a dichotomy in your relationship. One of you can leave the other
towards the end to finish early and laugh with friends while the other
stumbles across the finish line. However, if the other person would ever
attempt this then they would find themselves on a post-race couch rather
than a post race-bed.
bicycles are known as “divorcycles” and tandem kayaks are known as
“relationship accelerators”, but neither one of them come close to the experiences
you will have while racing with your better half.
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