the run date

running date
Change up your dating routine and ask someone out on a 'running date'!

"What in the world is a 'run date', Elyse?".

"Only my favorite kind," I replied.

I was chatting with a friend during an easy jog, and as what frequently happens in the world of a twenty-something single female, the topic of dating came up. For me, running is my life. I work in run, I run for fun, and I train competitively. So, by default, I meet a lot of runners. Hence, the run date is no stress, a lot of fun, and keeps me right in my element.

No matter how running fits into your life, I find the run date to be a perfect and practical first date. What could be better than a few miles to chat and get to know one another? I guarantee that during the run there will be far less awkward pauses than meeting up for drinks or dinner. Additionally, you will both be in running clothes, so there will never be a question of "how dressed up should I be?" And, if anything, you will have gotten your workout in.

Neither person has to be a hardcore runner, but even for a casual jogger nothing can beat a run date. The most important thing is to keep it simple. At the end of the run, grab protein shakes, coffee, or brunch. Save your excruciating post-run ab routine for the second date!

Here are some guidelines for the run date:

1. Route: Plan out a route in advance. Decide before how many miles you are going to cover. I like to let the guy to pick a route, but I will always have a back-up in mind, in case we need it.

2. Pace: This isn’t a race. It is a casual run and conversation. Run a pace that is comfortable for both of you. You should run next to each other. One person should not be a few steps ahead of the other. If this is happening, not a good run date! Save the racing and speed work for serious training sessions. Resist the temptation to compare times and race stats.

3. Attire: Yes, it is a date, but you still need to be able to run comfortably. Avoid a lot of jewelry, unless you normally run with it (some of us can’t run without our pearls), and wear functional running clothes that you are comfortable being active in. And don’t wear perfume or cologne…sweat, running, and designer scents don’t mix.

4. Have fun: You are doing what you love, running, and you are sharing that with someone else, who probably loves running too. Keep the pressure off and enjoy being outside and each other’s company.

See if there is a running group in your community to meet fellow runners and let us know about the roadside romance!

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My favorite kind of date too! And I love wearing Lululemon on any date anyways!

Comment by Melissa — November 30, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

I love this idea! I will make sure to ask the cute guy that I see running along my street out for a run day! ;)

Comment by Shawna — November 30, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

i love this idea! and melissa is right, who wouldn’t love to wear lululemon on a date?

now if i could just work up shawna’s courage! =)

Comment by Marli — November 30, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

Fabulous idea… if only I was as good of a runner as most of the guys I meet ; )

Comment by Natalie — November 30, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

Marli– It is totally okay to be a little bit bold sometimes. Do one thing a day that scares you, right :)

Comment by Elyse — November 30, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

Natalie – I’ve often asked guys (dates or just friends) to run with me even though they’re way faster than I am! One of my friends in particular is great about running with me, even though he runs about a 4-minute kilometer, and I’m more of a 6-minute-er. He says it’s nice to have the company, and if someone enjoys running, they’ll have a good time no matter what the pace is! Plus he’s great if I want to push myself, because I’ll let him set the pace and then my job is to keep up!

Comment by Desirae — November 30, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

A girl that I was with for over three years was a runner in college…and I hated to even run 3 miles at the time that we met! Over the months we were together we motivated each other and always ran together on tuesdays nights with a local running club. We always enjoyed a great dinner afterwards no matter if we did the shorter and longer run. Fast forward 5 years and now I am running ultras and love running everyday!

I also agree that the “Run Date” is a great way to get to know who someone really is and get a workout in at the same time!

Comment by Sean — November 30, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

Dating can be so stressful – this could help alleviate that! Plus, you can get that whole “seeing each other less-than-at-our-best-and-sweaty” out of the way!

Comment by Andrea Hill — November 30, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

Ooh…this serves as my inspiration.

Comment by Lauren Clapperton — November 30, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

I am a long time runner and health and fitness are very important parts of my life. I think a run date is a great first date. You can infer two important things when a girl agrees to a run-date; 1) She is pretty easy going. 2) An active lifestyle is important to her. I will be sure to try a run date this fall and I’ll let you know how it goes.

Comment by Josh — November 30, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

My run date is my friend Julia. :) She gets me out on the pavement, and we always have nice catch-up sessions. I fill her in on the latest in my life – thoughts, work, marriage – and she tells me funny stories from her grad school experiences. She is a sweet friend, and while it is a different kind of date, it is no less important.

Comment by Elissa Joy — December 1, 2009 @ 12:49 am

hmmm… i need to share this with our lululemon run club. i can already think of people i want to play cupid with!

Comment by Marisa — December 1, 2009 @ 1:50 am

cute idea

Comment by Kate — December 1, 2009 @ 6:47 am

This idea has buzzed around my head a few times before and I think it is awesome! Now just to find a sporty girl to hit the streets with me ;) the harder part.

Comment by Lukas — December 3, 2009 @ 6:36 pm

I’ve had some great run dates in the past and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There was one girl that I actually ended up running a couple marathons with.
There is not better way to get to know someone than to run beside them for hours. You get to see the REAL them.

Comment by Brian — December 4, 2009 @ 9:03 am

Lukas, meet Marli. Do I foresee a sort of thing in the works….?

Comment by Billie — December 5, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

Love this idea! Great post. This is like hitting two birds with one stone–you get a workout in and have a fun date!

Comment by Kristina — December 6, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

We’ve had 2 of our ambassadors hit it off after an ambassador mixer here in London, ON. lululemon is bringing all the greatest people out there and introducing them to eachother!!!!

Comment by Brian — December 7, 2009 @ 4:42 am

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