Happy Valentine’s Day, 3-Dayers!
In honor of the love-filled holiday, we are talking to a 3-Day couple who has been walking together, and living the 3-Day Pink Bubble in their everyday life, for years. Coach Jennifer, our Fundraising & Support Coach for the Michigan and San Diego 3-Days, has been walking with her husband Charles since 2006, and they finish each 3-Day hand in hand.
Jennifer began walking in 2002, and joined the 3-Day coaching staff in 2005, so she thinks it was only natural that Charles began walking with her only a year later. It was even his idea! Since then, they have walked in Seattle, San Diego and Philadelphia, usually on Jennifer’s team “Walk with Me.”
And walk with her he does. When she is not walking with her husband, Jennifer loves stopping for “pictures and other related shenanigans,” but with Charles, they stick together step for step.
“When I walk with my husband, even when we are on a team, we walk together all 3 days. I’m pretty sure he would prefer me to walk faster than I do, but he is really great about sticking with me. We still take pictures but it is much lower key, which is also very nice. It’s a really nice way to spend a long weekend with him…even though we are walking 60 miles!”
Those sixty miles have taught them a lot about patience and support in their relationship overall. Whether it’s from blisters or soreness on the 3-Day, or other challenges that life throws their way, they tackle them together.
That also includes how they train for the event! Jennifer recommends that all couples who plan on walking together on-event should also train together.
“We do train together; we are definitely walkers. We have a crazy dog, Asher, that loves to walk and we also like to go on long walks together on a regular basis, even in the snow!”
That means they’re already preparing for 2018 events! Some of her favorite memories from events past include “introducing my husband to so many of the participants I have gotten to know so well over the years. And really, just spending those 3 days completely together, on each of our walks.”
This year, however, she hopes they can take some non-3-Day-related trips, including one they have planned to Arizona. It’s all part of their desire to make every day special together! And that includes the Valentine’s Day holiday, which Jennifer says will be spent at home with a meal that (of course) includes plenty of red food coloring. 😊
What are your plans for the Valentine’s Day holiday? How do you spread the 3-Day love all year round? Tell us in the comments!