One Chicago couple has found that running allows them to spend more quality time together.
Not too long ago, Kinnier Lastimosa and his wife, Jennifer Cheng, wouldn’t have called themselves runners. The Chicago residents had never jogged more than three miles in a row. Though his father used to run marathons, Kinnier found them “ridiculous”. When the couple decided to summit of Mount Kilimanjaro two years ago, they ended up going to the gym and working out five days a week to get into shape for the climb. Upon returning, their discipline dwindled.
“When we got back, I kept thinking about how much time and effort I invested in getting in shape,” said Jennifer. “I needed something [new] to train for to motivate me.”
Enter the marathon.
Later that year, Jennifer signed up for a five-month marathon program to get her into shape to run the Amsterdam Marathon in the fall of 2008. The program was run by non-profit that raises money for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
At first, Kinnier was not pleased with his wife’s decision to dedicate hours a day to train for the race, but he eventually came around, and ended up becoming a runner himself.
“What changed my mind was realizing that the time commitment of training combined with our busy schedules meant I’d never see Jenn,” he says. “So if I wanted to see my wife, I knew I had to sign up too.”
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