Endurance Running: The New Counseling for Couples?

Picture+2By Curt Davies

There comes a time when couples will experience tension in their relationship. For some, relationship counseling may be beneficial; for others, not so much. Fortunately, there is still hope for any relationship encountering friction. Here’s how running an endurance race with your partner can be an effective, natural way to build a strong and lasting relationship.

  1. You’re in it together.

When you run and train for a marathon or ultramarathon with your partner, there is no “I” in the process. You go through the same routine and can empathize with each other. Endurance racing is exhausting, but the training is even more so. Your body will ache. Your head will hurt. It will be tough, particularly in the beginning, but think of it as a reflection of your relationship. As you journey more together, it becomes easier, and you know you’re not alone.

  1. You bond over the struggle.

Running and training together allows each partner in the relationship to understand one another. There is no need to justify a purchase on a pair of running shoes and there are no reasons to feel alienated after a long, sweaty training session.

  1. You have a healthy anger outlet.

Say you’ve had a rough day: your boss is angry with you and your friends are all busy. What do you do? You might go online to escape or you might take it out on your partner. Running is a healthy outlet for stress and anger. You may even find yourself becoming a more positive person in general—with your partner by your side throughout the process.

  1. You build new memories.

Once you’ve completed the training, it’s time to race. Your whole journey has led to this moment. It’s something you will never forget. When you’re running with your partner from the start to finish, you can say you did it together. When you do something you love with the love of your life, the experience is incredible.

  1. You share travelling experiences.

Racing can become a long-term routine. Races are distributed all over the world, which can open up travelling opportunities. Whether it is in America, Australia, or any other location, there are bound to be endurance events available for you to run. Grab this opportunity with two hands, catch a flight and get running! Take some pictures and write about the journey. You’ll look back on these moments for the rest of your life, and be glad you did it.

Curt Davies is a marathon enthusiast at marathondriven.com. His site is stacked with information and other goodies regarding marathon running and training. For more, visit marathondriven.com.

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