10 Ways Running A Marathon is Easier Than Dating

Anyone who has ever been single enough to enjoy our digital age of Tinder, OKCupid, and every other dating app can attest to the fact that dating is the worst. People always say that running a marathon is impossible, that it sounds painful, expensive, and a waste of time. Honestly? Running a marathon is ten times easier than dating. Don't believe me? HERE WE GO-

Fact: Running a marathon is easier than #dating. It's science. 💁🏽 #RunSelfieRepeat

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1. It's easier on your bank account.



Yeah, you read that correctly, I just said training for and running a marathon is cheaper than dating. I'm one of those girls who will split a bill on principle and dating in New York City isn't cheap. So yes, in my experience, running a marathon is cheaper than dating.

2. You feel better about yourself.



A banging body, endorphins that make you happy, more energy, more stamina, a higher level of endurance, and an overwhelming belief that you're a bad ass. That's how you feel when you're training for a marathon. Compare that to how you feel when the guy you went on three awesome dates with ghosts you.

3. ROI.



What's the return on investment of dating? Well, you go out with lots of people, most of whom end up making you want to gauge your eyeballs out with a rusty fork, and hopefully find someone who likes you enough to put up with you exclusively. It's a lot of work. So is marathon training but at least the work leaves you with everything I just listed in #2. Running a marathon > dating.

4. You get to eat all the food.

When you date, you're not supposed to show your date that you can eat two entire entrees as an appetizer. When you're marathon training, that's just second lunch. 

5. You get lots of sleep.

Dating, most of the time, includes late nights, lots of alcohol, and regret. Training for a marathon means you're in bed by 9 or 10. Sleep is infinitely better than cocktails with a random stranger you end up hating after ordering a third drink.

6. You don't have to deal with anyone questioning your choice to be single.

Sick of being asked, "Are you dating anyone"? RUN A MARATHON. Now instead of saying, "Yes and it's not going well, thanks for mentioning it", you get to say, "Nope. I'm training for a marathon because I'm a bad ass so I have no time for that nonsense." No one will argue with that logic because they will be too impressed with the fact that you're training for a marathon.

7. You have a get out of jail free card to any event or happy hour you don't want to go to.

Let me introduce you to your new favorite phrase...Ready? "I can't. I have to run in the morning." BOOM. Your life is now changed. Don't want to waste money getting sloppy trying to meet people at happy hour? Throw that excuse down. Marathon training is the perfect get out of jail free card.

8. Muscles.



The only muscle dating exercises is your patience muscle but when you train for a marathon, you work your patience muscle along with every other muscle on your body.

9. Your self esteem will be through the roof.



Not only will you feel beyond proud when you look in the mirror, but you'll start to understand that you actually can do just about anything. Dating makes you anxious, running marathons makes you feel strong and unstoppable. There's no comparison.

10. You'll meet people you actually want to date.

Or maybe you won't...

Or maybe you won't...

And last but not least, when you train for a marathon, you meet new people. People with banging bodies and hopes and dreams, just like you. And chances are, one of them is bound to be single.

So there you go! Run a marathon to avoid dating and end up with a perfect partner in crime. Who says running marathons is awful?

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.


Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.