Maybe at first, dating a runner might not seem like a bright idea. Really, who wants to spend the majority of their time with a fitness-obsessed freak who usually wakes up before the sun is out, hands over their hard earned cash for race entry fees and is probably missing a few toenails?
It doesn’t really sound all that great, does it? Well, maybe we can convince you to reconsider, because if you can get over the toenail thing (really, that's only true for a small portion of long-distance runners anyway), then you'll likely find that dating a runner comes along with a pretty long list of sweet perks.
And I’m not just saying that because I am a runner. I asked my boyfriend to share his perspective. “You’re passionate, dedicated and just the perfect amount of nuts,” he said, inserting a smiling emoji with its tongue sticking out and a “JK.” (Whatever, most runners can admit they're a little nuts, so no need to cushion the blow.)
“But seriously, just being fit and pushing others to better themselves, but not in an overbearing way,” he said. “Being around someone with too much passion can rub off on another person the wrong way.”
So there you have it; dating a runner means you get a partner who will inspire you to be better, not by badgering you, but simply by being who they are and doing what they love to do.
And if you’re still not convinced, continue reading to find out a few more (really good) reasons you might consider dating a runner.
Runners are dedicated and loyal.
There's a reason most runners have been working at their sport for years and years; most people who run are loyal to the sport because they're dedicated to getting better every day. If you date a runner, chances are that aspect of their personality carries over to other areas of their life, so you'll find yourself with a loyal and loving partner who's committed to you and your relationship.
You'll travel more often.
One thing about running that's fun not only for runners, but also their close companions: destination races. If you date a runner, chances are you'll start to travel more, spending quality time with and cheering on your athlete as you follow them to new race locations.