Over the last year, I have experimented in my single-dom by dating throughout the spectrum between fellow runners and non-runners. I always try to encourage the people I date to me for 3- to 4-mile runs.
What it’s really like dating all types of runners
I had successfully convinced one prospect to go for these short runs with me on weekends when he decided that he could do more. He promptly ed up for a half marathon one that I had already ed up for.
Our longer runs became painful for me, as the complaining became incessant. He also made comments that indicated he was planning to run with me.
That is so sweet…in theory. I found it to be a huge con, as he basically assumed that, with very little training, he could be just as fast as me. These people run occasionally, just to stay in shape.
Clap pushups? No, thank you.
Con: There are too many snoozes that get you out of the routine you love. Adding cross training into your routine and cutting back on running can be awesome, but make sure you stay true to what makes you happy.
Partners may come and go, but your run crew will always have your back! With this person, the dates are mostly runs…and long runs, at that. In my case, a third date turned into a mile run.
When your dates start to just be about morning runs, this eliminates opportunities to grab beer or dinner later. If the runs take place in the evenings, you have to be okay with grabbing drinks after the run while still sweating or smelling badly.
I also learned that my long runs are not for early dates, as I tend not to filter a darn thing. On the first few dates with anyone new, I like to probe to see if there is even the possibility of being that couple that does fun 5Ks together—but mostly for the free beer and dancing after the race. I actually find these people super valuable, because they allow me to keep running for myself.
They also may think that any time you run whether you PR or not is ridiculously impressive. Are you looking for a new running buddy, or do you already have a solid sunrise crew to tackle the miles with? Are you super competitive, or would your ego be impacted by a side-stepper?
Either way, your partner should be able to support your passions. That may mean holding a at mile 20 of a marathon, buying your beer after a race or running alongside you from one day to the next. Learn how to rack up those miles and be your healthiest self. Weekly Newsletter Learn how to rack up those miles and be your healthiest self.
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