In twenty-six years as a couple my husband and I have barely exercised together. I mean, there were some pre-kid periods when we actually went to the gym at the same time, but then we went our separate ways and met up at the end. We’ve done a few long bike rides together over the years, and I remember one very memorable game of tennis where I dragged him out of the house to play, even though he was getting over mono at the time (it was the only way I could beat him).
But that’s it. We don’t exercise together. When he was jogging five miles at a time I was stuck to the couch. When I was training for half marathons he was living on doughnuts.
But we’ve finally matched up: We’re both in terrible shape.
I suggested to him that we do a Couch To 5K program together (often referred to online as C25K), one of those interval programs that starts you out mostly walking and increases the running intervals until, after six or eight weeks, you’re running 3.1 miles. It took a little convincing—he wasn’t familiar with the concept—but he finally said yes….