My husband and I celebrated our 18th anniversary on Monday. We’ve been in a bit of a celebratory mood, which means I’m behind on my blogging obligations. This post, 5 reasons to date a runner, seemed especially appropriate, all things considered, so I thought I’d share it again.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a little of what kept me away from my computer. I could rewrite it, but why? Here you go (don’t forget to scroll through!):
“Holy hot weather, Batman!” ~ Robin • • Did someone forget to tell Mother Nature that it’s fall now? It was 91 degrees this morning at 5:30 (!] so we decided to can the run and head to San Diego for the day. Not that it was any cooler there. About 105 inland and 90 at the beach. Records must be falling! • • Actually the main reason we were heading there again after only a week was that @alantwoodruff wanted to exchange some shoes at @roadrunnersports. He was glad he did because he got some smoking deals, especially on a pair of the latest @asics #gelkayano that he found in the lightly used racks. Brand new really for only $60! 😲 • • We also made a quick stop at @rei. Well not so quick. Something about that store. I don’t camp or really need anything in there but I can browse for hours! Hence all the photos when you scroll through. 😊 • • Of course from there we had to head north to Encinitas for lunch at @lotuscafeandhuicebar and a quick stop at Moonlight Beach. Fun day, even if it was hot. • • How’s your Tuesday going?
5 Reasons to Date a Runner
Still single and looking for the perfect (you choose) date, partner, spouse, SO? I highly recommend heading to your local track or a hometown 5k, and take a look at the runners crossing the finish line.
Why Should You Date a Runner?
Running takes dedication, commitment, strength, and even a sense of humor (tell me you don’t laugh at shared stories of blisters, black toenails, and “potty stops”). I don’t know what you look for in a partner, but those traits were always at the top of my list.
But wait! There is more. Here are five more reasons that dating a runner is a good idea. Note: I’m a straight female, so I’m calling my runner “him.” However, this applies to all runners.
Runners are out there, at races, club workouts, on the trails. In a world where 40% of singles are using online dating to meet people, the Runner is out there doing what he loves best. You don’t even have to ask what you have in common. It’s right there, pinned to his running shorts.
When you date a Runner, you have a built-in running partner. Having a training partner is a great way to get motivated, challenge yourself, and have fun while you’re doing it. There is also security in having a running partner, especially one who is likely to feel protective of you, which is especially reassuring if you run in the dark.
Yes, my runner husband and I still run together, even after 21 years!
“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” ~ Allen Saunders • • My run certainly didn’t go as planned this morning. The knee felt fine, but the hip hurt! So much I stopped at about 1.5 miles, gave @alantwoodruff a quick little #fst lesson and had him traction out my legs. We headed home, but between that and a couple hip stretches I felt amazingly good. We still cut it off at 3 miles though and I headed in immediately for a little foam rolling and stretching. Feeling much better now! • • I’d usually blame the gimpy knee for the gimpy hip (<– haha…the joy of getting older), but tbh I think I’ve just been sitting too much this summer. I’m laid off work for the most part and making up for it by spending more time blogging and on social media. Computer time = Sitting time. I think I need one of those stand up desktop things! • • How is your Sunday going?
Your Runner always knows what you want for your birthday. Who needs a charm bracelet when you’d rather have a Fitbit? The list of gift possibilities is almost endless, from a new running outfit to compression socks, to race entries. This eases the Runner’s mind too, saving him the stress of not knowing what to give you. There is a downside to this though. If you ever want a non-running gift, you’re going to have to come straight out and say it. After success with GPS systems, heart rate monitors and the like, your Runner may forget that sometimes a person really does appreciate something with a little more flash than a sparkle skirt.
Traveling to a race = Vacation. When both you and your Runner are running a race away from home, you can make a romantic vacation out of the experience. Be sure to plan so the race is at the beginning of your trip, the better to enjoy new restaurants, side tours, and trying other non-running activities, like hiking, kayaking, or cycling.
Runners “get” you. If you tell a regular date (regular = non-runner) that you can’t go out on Saturday night because you have a race in the morning and you need to get your sleep (and eat the right things the night before), he might look at you as if you have a third eye. Not the Runner. The Runner understands the need for rest and proper nutrition before a run. He will appreciate your pile of running shoes (and probably has one of his own). He will even recognize the beauty of your home decor of framed finishers’ certificates, your medal display, and race posters.
I speak from experience. I met my runner husband at a race (of course). We have trained together, traveled to races together, pushed each other when needed (and held each other back when injured or overtrained), and understood each other for 21 years. We even got married at a race!
So, take it from me, dating a Runner is a great idea. All you have to do is catch him!
Is your partner a runner? If so, did you meet him or her through running?
And Now It’s Time for the Running Coaches’ Corner!
My weekly linkups! Please stop by and check out all of the great recipes, workouts, and information that all these awesome bloggers share every week!
Meatless Monday with Sarah and Deborah
Meatless Monday with Annmarie and Dixya
Tuesdays on the Run with Marcia, Erika, and Patty
Inspire Me Monday with Janice
Wild Workout Wednesday with Annmarie, Jen, and Nicole
The Plant-Based Potluck Party with Deborah
The Running Coaches’ Corner with Rachel, Suz, Lora Marie, and Me!
Friday 5 2.0 with Rachel and Lacey and Meranda