Spousal Support

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What would we do without them? It’s tough getting up on a Sunday morning and doing that 20-miler, but what a joy to return home and find your spouse or significant other has a stack of your favorite pancakes waiting for you.

We enjoy our enthusiasms because the sacrifices we make on their behalf don’t seem like sacrifices at all. But our enthusiasms also require sacrifices by those we love, and God bless them for accepting the running craziness with such good grace.

Supportive spouses, fortunately, are the rule rather than the exception. Researchers have found that running is not a major source of conflict within families.

I suppose it’s possible to be a successful runner by yourself, but I can’t imagine getting very far without the support of my “crew chief,” the Lovely Mrs. A.


She puts up with my endless gabbing about PRs, shin splints and wicking materials. She tolerates weekend getaways that just happen to have half-marathons attached to them. She patiently endures my taper madness.

Why does she accept all this? Because she knows I look better, feel better, and am a better person when I’m running. So much better, in fact, that she caught a bit of the fever herself.

The Lovely Mrs. A. signed up for a new pilot program sponsored by New Balance and a handful of Fleet Feet Sports stores around the country called No Boundaries. It’s so new, in fact, that I can’t find any mention of it on the New Balance Web site or on Google.

The Lovely Mrs. A. is fit and active, but the program is designed to take you off the couch and put you in a 5K in 10 weeks. You can walk, run or both, because the program focuses on best practices, form and motivation. The purpose is not to turn participants into Deena Kastor, but to make “running or walking a part of their everyday lifestyle.”

For my part, I’m vicariously enjoying the Lovely Mrs. A.’s introduction to the world of running. And I’m very much looking forward to being her crew chief for a change.

About Mike Antonucci

I ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing out running advice and serious tips. I prefer to focus on the humorous or odd facets of our shared obsession. Let's face it, running is funny.

  1. Juls on August 17th at 8:40 am

    Yes. Getting along without the spouse is tough but doable. I am finding that out now-a-days. Perhaps the lovely Mrs. A can send a care package of pancakes my way this week for my post-20 mile feast.

  2. Rick O on August 17th at 9:49 am

    In Aug 2004 I attended my uncle’s funeral. I was 5’11” 248lbs, and I broke a sweat walking to the corner (less that 5 minutes away).

    I joined a Learn To Run clinic offered by a retailer in my community and wasn’t sure if I was going to have a heart attack or do intervals of walk 2min run 1 minute. 10 weeks later I had run 7km (just under 5miles) doing intervals of run 10 min walk 1minute. My first organized running event was the Run For The Cure in Ottawa, and I was the last of my gang to see the finish line. But when I got there (tears in my eyes, which has become a finish line tradition for me) my clinic instructor & friends were there cheering the runners across the line.

    I am plannin my first marathon in May 2008, and I’m currently about 230lbs. I know running has changed my life and this program reminded me of where my journey started. Runners Rock!