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.
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.
Runners appreciate the importance of good health. From their daily workouts to eating nutritiously, most runners have the whole "healthy lifestyle" thing locked in, which means if you're in it for the long haul, you can likely expect to enjoy a long life of health and happiness with your runner. Of course if you want to reap the same benefits, you might want to pick up some of those healthy habits if you haven't already.
Do you love a good meal? Great! Because so do most runners, and unless they're super strict about their diet (like, elite level, plant-based style), chances are they are prepared to order the three cheese loaded nachos as an appetizer before chowing down on something delicious like pizza or a big ol' burger. Running makes you hungry. Dating a runner will likely lead you to enjoy many more mouthwatering meals. Plus, if you order wisely chances are your significant runner will want a bite from your plate, meaning you can each swap a few bites and dig into two delicious dishes.
Runners know what it takes to stay focused and determined, which means many are great at motivating others, too. Any dilemma you might find yourself in, you can always count on your runner to help give you the extra support and inspiration you need to pull through.
You may not appreciate this “perk” at first, but since most runners are up before the crack of dawn, chances are your companion will also become your own personal alarm clock. Maybe you'll become a morning person… Or maybe you'll roll back over and continue that love affair with the snooze button; it’s totally up to you.
I’m not saying that all runners are millionaires or anything like that. But what I mean is, most runners are frugal and good at managing their money. How else do you think they can afford all the expensive sneakers, pricey race entry fees and ridiculously priced apparel that are basically requirements for participating in the sport? They know how to save, where to get the best deals and most importantly, what to splurge on (like gifts for their super-supportive significant other).
Runners not only understand what it’s like to be passionate about something, but also the importance of the encouragement and praise needed to keep you moving forward towards your goals. So when it's your turn to take the spotlight with whatever hobby or activity it is you love most, you can always count on your runner to be right by your side cheering you on and encouraging you to do your best.
Yes, I just quoted Elle Woods, but come on; she had a really good point. What better reason to date a runner than the fact that nine times out of ten they're probably in a really good mood. Runner's high is real. Just watch out for times when your runner might be hangry (angry due to extreme hunger); that's also real, but luckily it can be remedied simply by providing your runner with something good to eat.
Squeezing workouts into busy schedules is a skill that most runners have mastered. They know how to manage their time efficiently so they can create a balance between work and play. Dating a runner means that they'll always figure out how to make time for you, even if it means waking up to get their workout in at 5 a.m. or better yet, bringing you along for the ride!