MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Corporal Dalton Pridmore joined the Marine Corps knowing it would help set him up for success in the future.
Pridmore met his wife, Jamie, in high school and got married after he joined the Corps. Pridmore, an intelligence analyst for the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, works out with his wife regularly and finds that it strengthens their relationship and helps him deal with stress.
In this interview, he tells us a little bit about his and his relationship with his wife and how exercising with each other brings them closer together.
Q: What inspired you to join the Marine Corps?
A: My older cousin was in it back in 2004. When he got out I was still trying to figure out what I was going to do. I was still in high school and I started working at Target and realized that’s not really something I want to do for the rest of my life. I knew [the Marine Corps] was something that would set me up for success later on. Even if I don’t make it a career it’s something that will help me in a future career.
Q: What does your job entail?
A: We look at different events going on around the world, set up a brief for the [commanding officer] and try to reduce his uncertainty about a specific area that we could be in, as well as updating him on current events around the world.
Q: Why is your job important to the MEU’s mission?
A: It reduces the CO’s uncertainty and helps him with the planning process for future operations wherever we currently are or may be in the future.
Q: How did you and your wife meet?
A: It’s kind of a funny story, she was actually dating my best friend in high school and I was dating someone else, but it wasn’t really working out. During senior year of high school, she had been my best friend. She helped me out a lot that year with picking what I wanted to do. She kind of steered me towards the Marine Corps. Then one day, I asked her out to a movie, we started dating and I decided I wanted to marry her. Luckily she said yes.
Q: How did you guys start working out together?
A: She’s been going to college for the past few years back in Alabama. So I’ve been over here by myself. We started talking over the phone about working out together. We had worked out together before in high school, so we kind of knew what each other liked or didn’t like; what we were good at. We started running together every day when she first came out here in March. It just kind of branched out from there, where she’ll go do yoga after we do cardio and I’ll be right next to her doing something else.
Q: Why do you think it’s important to stay fit together?
A: I think it helps because staying fit also helps with your attitude. I think that’s the key thing. If you have a bad attitude and your spouse has a good attitude and you just come home mad about the day, you need a way to relieve it. It’s good to go out there and run or do something so that way you’re not focusing it at your spouse. I think that’s a huge issue that everyone has to overcome. They have a certain way of venting and I feel like working out together helps us vent without directing it toward each other.
Q: How does exercising together help strengthen your relationship?
A: I think that it builds a bond that a lot of people don’t have. You go out, you exercise together and you kind of figure out each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I know what she’s good at and she knows what I’m good at and we know what we need to work on. So it helps us find better ways to say, “Hey, we need to work on this.” It’s not just, ”You need to work on it.” It’s we. So it helps us look at things together instead of separately.
Q: Do you think the way you help each other with working out reflects in your relationship as well?
A: We always viewed our relationship as one thing. It’s not just me and it’s not just her in any aspect. Every time one of us wants to make a decision, we tell each other. Not because we feel like the other one has to know. It’s just one of those things that whatever I do will affect her, and I understand that. Whatever she does affects me and it’s just one of those things that help us mitigate any small argument that could turn into a larger argument in the future. We still have arguments like any other couple, but it’s not to the extent that it could be.
Q: Does working out help with the stress from work and the Marine Corps?
A: I think working out definitely helps with the stress from work and the Marine Corps. A lot of times I’ll just have a bad day, everyone has them. You come home and you’re just pissed and you don’t want to do anything, you just want to sit around. But then you have your spouse there that’s like, “Hey lets go run, let’s do something.” She drags you out there and you go run or do something, and by the end of it, you’re good. Whatever was upsetting you, whatever pissed you off that day is in the back of your mind or not even there anymore.
Q: Do you think you will continue to work out together as you get older?
A: Definitely, because that’s just the type of person we are. It may not be hardcore in the gym, like lifting weights but definitely getting out there and doing some type of exercise. I grew up that way; I was never an indoor person. I may not have always been in peak performance, but I was always outside doing something. I can’t sit around the house and do nothing and she’s the same way so it works out.