We live in such a busy society. We face so many daily obligations (work, school, chores, etc). The stress from each of those responsibilities eventually builds up. It’s hard to find family time in the middle of all the chaos.
Jim and I have been running every day after work. I’m not a morning person, so there’s no way you can get me up early in the morning and then getting me running. The only time I deal with it is when there’s a race and the excitement of racing gets me going. Many runners run in the wee hours of the morning. Good for them, but that’s not me.
For us, it’s an opportunity to hear how each others day went, a moment where you can relax and forget about your day to day title and obligations, and an opportunity to spend time together. In doing so, we’ve improved or running and physical and mental health together. We both value the time that we spend running together, because it’s not another obligation, it’s an opportunity to spend time together.
In addition to being a good running partner, I have a built-in photographer that helps me capture great running shots along the way. When I first told Jim I wanted to take photos of my running he didn’t understand what the point was, but now he does.
My photos help me not only stay accountable for continuing to get out there and run, but also I’ve been empowering other new runners with my slow times and efforts. I didn’t do that on purpose, but it happened and I feel blessed for being able to inspire others, even though I don’t think I’m anything admirable.
You can view my running photos on Instagram @barb_sweet.