I don’t intend to go into to any detail explaining who Joanne is as she would likely prefer a bit of anonymity especially when it comes to some of my better ideas like running across Cuba!!
Equally though, since her name will pop up from time to time I think it is only fair that readers know a bit more about the brains behind the team.
Joanne and I were married in May 1991. Our time together has been an amazing journey and I consider her as much my one and only best friend as my spouse.
Hiking Gros Morne Mountain Newfoundland. August 2011
Our link to running occurred during the winter of 2010 when we decided to take our second Cuba trip. This time we planned for two week in the south east tourist area of Guardalavaca near Holguin. Joanne had been running for about a year or so at this point and convinced me that I should bring along my running shoes. We both had concern about my ability to just enjoy doing nothing while at a beach (so I guess along with being a bit OCD I am also hyperactive), so running would provide a bit of a reprieve from possible boredom – aka more than 30 minutes sitting in the sun on a beach chair. We also agreed that morning runs would be a way to offset the liquid and food components of two weeks at an all-inclusive.
Resort grounds - Cuba 2010
Our resort was the Sirenis Playa Turquesa and was nestled into the side of a small hill. The layout of the resort allowed for an enjoyable 30 minute run in a figure eight pattern. Our first run together was less than enjoyable for both of us. Joanne had to adjust her normally fast pace to slow and I had to run. At the time I was carrying a lot more weight than I now have so this probably played into the run not being as comfortable as I would have liked. On a subsequent morning Joanne went out for a run alone, I claimed a sore leg or something like that to get out of the run. But for whatever reason we ran again and then one afternoon I went out alone along a dirt cart trail and that is when it hit me; running was fun and interesting. I was hooked.
Joanne and I continue to run together and while I normally prefer running alone I enjoy the time we go out and run trails or roadways. She is still a lot faster than me but I do try and keep up. In 2013 we hope to compete in the Kingston Self Transcendence 6hr race together. While we have different goals, the less the 1km circuit will allow us to see each other and run a few laps together during the event. My hope is that Joanne reaches a marathon distance during the event which will mean I not only have a great short distance running partner, who often drags me along, but will have a new long distance training run partner. I can only hope that the longer distance results in her slowing down a bit. Oh well I guess I would be happy with a Boston Marathon jacket that says “runners spouse’ on the back as I know I will never qualify but she might!!!