I’m outnumbered on today’s run, as I’m joining a husband and wife team for a few easy miles today.
Nikki and David Harvey began their running journey together and have learned a thing or two along the way.
I’m looking forward to learning all I can about these two and how they make their running relationship work.
Nikki and David both began running around the same time, but their motivation for starting the journey was different.
For about 10 years Nikki was overly dependent on medication to treat her ADD.
The dependency negatively affected not only herself but also those around her.
During 2015 Nikki made the decision to stop relying on medications and to work towards a healthier life.
Initially quitting produced negative side effects, such as loss of energy, increased appetite, and weight gain.
David was always athletic, but in the blink of an eye 20 years had passed and he was overweight and out of shape.
Nikki and David took their first steps toward a healthier lifestyle by joining a gym and tracking their steps.
They both encountered some challenges along the way.
The Makings Of Athletes
Nikki experienced her first speed bump in her journey when she broke her foot 4 months into joining a gym.
Her broken foot set her back 8 weeks before she could resume normal activity.
Both Nikki and David took her injury as a lesson in not taking movement and exercise for granted.
It was during the end of 2016 when Nikki and David both ran their first miles.
Since those early miles, they have both experienced a steady progression.
She recently qualified for Boston and he has gotten a PR in every race that he has run.
All they know about the sport has been learned from books, social media, and podcasts.
High mileage has been a staple for both of them in the past year with Nikki logging 2,841 miles and David with 2,200.
Two Different Mindsets
A positive mindset when running a race can make or break the result.
David and Nikki are opposite when it comes to racing mindsets.
Nikki finds it challenging to remain positive when racing hard, but a positive mindset comes naturally to David.
Both of them work equally hard at training, yet Nikki struggles to believe she deserves her results.
The injury prevention done by each of them is another area they don’t necessarily see eye to eye on.
David is a stickler about stretching and doing the small things to avoid injury and Nikki more often foregoes these exercises.
One thing they both agree on is a boot camp that they do 1-2 times a week as cross training.
Supporting Each Other’s Goals
There is not one race that Nikki and David have not both signed up for.
Even if they don’t run together, they enjoy knowing the other one is on the same course.
Both David and Nikki have a goal of eventually earning a BQ.
Nikki reached this milestone a few months ago with David by her side encouraging her.
David has yet to earn his BQ, but he is just as excited to cheer Nikki on when she runs Boston.
Being in a relationship where both of them are runners has had only positive effects.
They motivate each other, live a healthier lifestyle, and feel better about themselves which in turn helps to make their relationship stronger.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- AD Fitness
- Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance (Book) By Alex Hutchinson
- Pensacola Marathon
- St. Jude Marathon
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