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When thinking about planning a date, going for a run might not be the first thing that pops into your head. But getting speedy with your sweetie is a great way to get your heart rates up together, literally.
Surprisingly, running dates can be quite romantic, as long you know how to make them that way. But choosing to make a running date a real date is not without pitfalls. Simply adding the intention of romance is not enough to ensure your date will be successful. When planning to take your amor out for some miles, here are a few ways to ensure you have more dates in your future.
Communication Is Key
Ask any couple married for decades and they’ll tell you how important communication is for lasting love, and it’s equally true for your budding romance. Before your run date, it’s important to settle on things like distance and pace.
It’s also a good idea to decide ahead of time what you plan to do after your run. If you’re going to get lunch or coffee, you and your date might want to be sure to bring money or even a change of clothes.
Take the Pressure off
Spending time with someone you really like is great, but it comes with a lot of pressure. Pressure makes us nervous, and when we’re nervous we’re not our best, most fun selves. One way to relieve some of this pressure is to meet your date as part of a larger group run. You can start with the group and have other people to talk to, avoiding the chance for that awkward silence. Then, as you warm-up your legs and your conversational skills, the two of you can run off together without those beginning-of-the-date jitters.
Along the same lines, plan to run in an active place. Trail running is great, but the two of you alone in the woods might put more pressure on you to do all the talking. Plus, it’s hard to pay attention to your date when you’re staring at the ground to avoid face-planting. If you run somewhere with lots of other things going on and other people around there are plenty of topics for conversation.
Keep It Easy
Even the most competitive runner couples should avoid a track workout or long run for a romantic run date. The focus of the event should be your sweetheart, not your splits. A three hour long run might strain the conversational skills of even the most chatty duo. So keep the run relatively short and conversationally paced for both of you.
Choose your start near restrooms and parking if needed. If you’re planning to go out after the run, consider meeting somewhere within walking distance of your final destination.
No one likes to be that person, the one who needs to dash behind the bushes mid-run, particularly not on a date! With that reminder, we know we don’t need to tell you to be careful what you eat and drink in the hours before your romantic meet-up.
When it comes to what to wear, if in doubt, opt for comfort over style. Pick a running outfit that you know makes you feel comfortable and happy to wear.
Runners love talking about their accomplishments and there’s nothing wrong with that … to a point. We all know runners can be competitive and, unless you’re both pros, it’s likely one of you has been more successful than the other. Instead of inviting bragging by talking about awards and PRs, ask about your date’s running philosophies and experiences. You know you already have one thing in common: your run love.
What’s your secret to adding romance to a run date?