When Marathon Training Hurts Your Relationship

October 13, 2014 12:27 PM

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When Lisa's husband became interested in marathon running a couple decades ago, she wanted to support his healthy new hobby. She'd take care of their young son so he could fit in his long runs on weekends and travel with him to several races a year. "If you're there for the pre-race pasta dinner and the post-race limp, you're at least spending time together. My son and I wanted to share it with him," says Lisa, a research specialist from Western Massachusetts.

But over time, she says her husband's constant training put a strain on their marriage. Several nights a week, when she wanted to connect with him and recount the details of her day, he was off for a run. The long Sunday workouts ate up half the day. "That's time we weren't spending as a family," sa...

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