Aric is 51 and Andrea is 54.
Both are OBGYNs at Memphis Obstetrics and Gynecological Association.
The Giddens met under unusual circumstances more than 25 years ago. While both were in residency, Andrea asked Aric to scrub in for an emergency cesarean section. He skillfully delivered a healthy baby, and that event ignited a spark between them. Andrea decided Aric was the type of doctor she wanted to practice with and the type of partner she wanted in life.
When Aric and Andrea met in 1991, both were active and enjoyed running, biking, and going to the gym. They began doing these activities together, and the couple even won the Bartlett Valentine’s Day Race one year. Once married, they continued staying active and started growing their family. After the third child, Andrea completed her first marathon 1999.
“We encourage our patients to eat healthy and make time to exercise, so we have to live our lives by example.”
Aric and Andrea alternated training schedules, so they could both train and raise their family. “We had a mutual interest in fitness, and we encouraged each other to achieve our goals and always squeeze in a workout when we could,” Andrea says.
“We encourage our patients to eat healthy and make time to exercise, so we have to live our lives by example.” Aric typically runs two days a week and hits the gym 5-6 times. Andrea still enjoys running and also does weights and the StairMaster four days a week at the gym. They cooking healthy meals together and admit services like Blue Apron that deliver fresh ingredients and recipes make it easier to plan ahead for the week.
Despite two demanding careers and three children (ages 17-21), health and fitness remain at the forefront of their relationship. Their family takes a yearly “active” vacation. They have gone rafting, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, hiked Machu Picchu in Peru, and scaled the Grand Tetons. Their next adventure vacation will be to Yosemite in 2017, when they plan to climb four peaks.
Interview by Christin Yates. Photo by Tindall Farmer.