As I stepped into his car, he had a bag with a new Fleet Feet jacket and a really sweet card for me, but the movie was a surprise until we got to the theater. I thought all along that we were going to see The Great Gatsby, since we tried seeing that a couple of weeks ago and we hadn't been able to. It turns out that our local theater had one showing of Spirit of the Marathon II, and Rick had knew it would be a great date night for two marathoners!
|New jacket and nice card|
Even more special about the night was how Rick had all of this planned for us as something special to do. Sometimes I fault running for making things so hard for us as we try to fit two marathon training schedules into our lives. I forget that running is how we first fell in love. Without running, there would be no us. Now running is still a connection that we have, thought we rarely do it together anymore. We still understand what the other one is going through during training, we still know what it feels like when the other one misses their goal by a single minute or two in the marathon, and we still get to enjoy traveling to marathons and starting each marathon together. Somehow, we've been able to run marathons in almost 23 states together (we didn't do Georgia together but I think we did the rest?). And we've managed to run 12 of those states after having our kids. These marathons will be memories we will never forget. I give Rick credit for finding a movie that unites us with the greater worldwide community of marathon runners, but I credit this movie and date night with reminding me of how running unites the two of us even more.