Running Dates are Real

Did you know that people go on running dates? As in “hello stranger, do you want to slap some spandex on, take your makeup off, put on a baseball cap, get all winded, sweaty and gross to run six miles with me after work?” I am not a girly girl. I do not need an hour to get ready and casual is one of my favorite words. (Closely behind free, cupcake and dance party) But a RUNNING DATE!?!

Not only that but running with people is difficult. I have run solo since day one and I’m still getting used to running with friends or coworkers. I mean, I can’t listen to Beyonce. I bring my phone hoping we will all put our music on and just run near each other but that NEVER happens. What happens during interval training when I’m a little tired and there’s no Beyonce reminding me, “Who runs the world, girls?” Who reminds me who runs the world!?!?

What’s an even bigger kicker is this gentleman caller I am talking to was like “we should run the bridges.” And I am thinking GREAT, not only am I going to worry about this guy LITERALLY running away from me but now I have to factor the possibility of jumping off a bridge to escape. (Then I’m all, whoa crazy calm yourself, remember...)

BUT how does one act on a running date? I mean how am I supposed to be witty, charming and flip my hair when I am running!?!?!? I can’t talk and run! Ask my friends who try to talk to me on the phone while I’m running. I sound like a wounded elephant. But I have no time to go on a date! I work and then I have to either run or go to the gym! (Running runs my life!) A running date fits in my schedule and a guy who runs? PERFECT! No Sunday morning explanations as to why you’re up at 7 to go run for 2 hours. (Running problems, am I right?)

I NEEDED ANSWERS, so I did what any intelligent and inquisitive female would do. I first googled him to find how fast he runs his races (and you know to make sure he’s not a murderer) and then I googled "running dates." Here’s what I found:

First up, Runner’s World  What did I take from this article I didn’t already know?

1. THEY WANT ME TO TAKE IT EASY. TAKE IT EASY! I’m all, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? But I’m training, I have to stick to the plan. And runners world is all run at “a relaxed pace that lets both of you chat comfortably.” Chat comfortably so we are walking now!?! Ugh this is a nightmare.

2. “Don’t Spit or Blow Snot. You should control whatever bodily functions you can.” I’m screwed! I can’t control how snotty I am! Just thinking about not being snotty makes me snotty. (This is doomed. Cat lady here I come.)

3. “DON'T insist on making eye contact while running, since anything more than a quick glance could cause you to stumble or fall.” So no winking? How am I supposed to gaze deeply into his eyes if we are running? OK I digress, this one is good because I don’t have to stress about stuff being in my teeth. (I was on a normal date last night and he’s all “You have something in your teeth.” It was magic.)

Let’s move on to a running date success story. OK yall get ready for some swoony action. Meet Julie and Simon, runner lovers. Let’s hear what Simon has to say about his one and only.

“...Running experiences I have had with Julie really stand out for me. The first was running Julie's debut marathon with her in New York. Julie wanted to try to finish faster than four hours and we crossed the Central Park finish line holding hands in 3:59:26. The look of elation on Julie's face at such a wonderful achievement, mixed with shock of the pain in her legs, will stay with me forever.”

Ugh my heart is MELTING. Let’s keep going. Here's another marathon they did together,

“I remember when I finished thinking that it was simply the hardest thing I had ever done. I was really worried about Julie and concerned at the state she would be in after running 26.2 miles over two mountain passes on narrow, rocky paths. The grin that went from ear to ear as she crossed the finish line was a testament to how tough Julie is physically and mentally.”

This guy is perfect. I want someone to tell me how they think I’m tough physically and mentally!  Ok I’m in. But just so we are all clear this is how this is going to go....

Stay tuned…Have you ever been on a running date? Any tips or tricks? Email me RunSelfieRepeat@gmail.com (and honest opinion selfie or no selfie...To much to soon?)

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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.