lol..i have a female partner, and i have a 9yr old son, but if i do a long run, which means out there for a couple of hours, then i do it early morning while they are asleep, and the shorter runs which take an hour or so, i try to either do it before a late shift on a week day, meaning i take my son to school first, but if i do a run when they are both there, and its evening, or day time weekend, i always try and do it, when they are watching a movie or something, and its quiet. Never if we have anything planned for the day.
Running like many for us, its an important aspect in our lives, and i couldnt not run, since it keeps me stress free, and i love being out there. It covers about 6 hours of my weekly life though, with a few races thrown in through the year.
Its an interesting question, and one my partner accussed of being. I run three times a week, one long run, and two shorter ones, plus i do a race maybe every 3-4 months. I dont talk about it, since i know it bores her.
It came about this point, since i have just finished one marathon, and am going to another in about 5 weeks, but then i am just going to go to small training runs till next year, and do another marathon maybe in April.
What in everyone's mind though is a definition of a running obsessive? Or are we just over endulging in a hobby we enjoy. What draws the line, between being average, and it taking over your life?
I have just come 142 out of 342 runners. What i noticed the most though, was there were fitter runners than me, coming in behind me, and older people ahead of me (i'm 41). It was my third marathon and i struggled with a bug that was still inside me, plus it was a really humid day. I wasnt too happy about my position, but its like someone said, 'there is only one winner, so ultimately it is only yourself your trying to beat'.
I noticed being in this pack of runners as well raw courage, that others like me were finding it really tough, and where as my place has been higher in the past, i think i needed to be knocked down a peg to see how everyone who does a race puts their heart and body into it. It was raw determination that kept us going, and we all helped each other. It was true spirit.