Dating a runner comes with surprises.

By Keri Mandell

Are you dating a runner? Maybe even married one? Or are you thinking about getting involved with someone who runs? Well dating a runner tends to add a new dimension to romance and your relationship.

Here are some tips to know before you start dating a runner and some grips you need to come to if you’re already involved with one.

  1. Runners have more exercise clothes than street clothes.
  2. They have a large collection of running shoes.
  3. They love their high-knee compression socks.
  4. It’s a special event when they put on “real” clothes and when ladies put on a “real” bra.
  5. You start to accept their really worked feet and are happy to treat them to a pedicure in order to help hide their missing or black toenails.
  6. Sleeping in on the weekends is an obsolete notion. They will always want to get up and run. Don’t expect them to lay in bed and cuddle.
  7. You wake up to the alarm and think, “Another run, when’s rest day?”
  8. Rest day is the worst day of the week for runners … approach carefully and beware!
  9. They have a special drawer or cabinet (or both) for their fuel, headphones, arm bands, running belts, sunglasses, headbands, hats, etc. It could be the nightstand.
  10. Get used to sweaty, salty hugs. There will be a lot of them.
  11. Laundry day means separate loads for running clothes.
  12. Your vacations are often in conjunction with a destination race (Why not make it the Jersey Shore?).
  13. Just because you’re on vacation does not mean they will stop running.
  14. When traveling, your significant other needs a separate suitcase for all of his or her running gear.
  15. It’s easy to shop for birthdays or holidays, because runners always want new running gear.
  16. Their idea of nice jewelry is a medal or an inspirational pendant or bracelet.
  17. You don’t mess with pre-race rituals.
  18. You love joining them for their post-race feast!
  19. They love to talk about running, races, PRs (personal records). They use jargon you aren’t aware of, but quickly learn to understand.
  20. You love their crazy, quirky side and are happy to celebrate their victories with them!

It’s fun to be in a relationship with a runner. Just remember, runners are always on the move.

Think you can keep up?