5 Reasons Why Running Is Better Than Sex

Friday 5We here at Salty Running love running.  It’s what we do. We strive to be better runners. It’s something we love to the point of evangelizing here. I can’t speak for everyone, of course, but I gather that there’s another activity that ranks right up there with running in our list of favorites.

That’s right. I’m going there. Come on back, Let’s Run trolls, because today on Salty Running I’m talking about your favorite topic.



One Sunday, I was in the middle of my long, hilly run at higher altitude, and my lungs and legs were burning.  For some reason, I started thinking about sex.  Maybe it was because my hubby was getting ready to leave for his weekly consulting trip?  Maybe I was still giddy from the night before?  Maybe I just needed something happy to think about to get me up the 1.5 mile stretch on Magnolia that kicks my ass every time?  Whatever the reason, I started to think long and hard about which was better, sex or running?  And although it’s a close call, running is better than sex. It just is.

Here’s why:

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Not only might you get arrested for doing the deed on one of these, but you could really hurt yourself!  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1).  You can do it in public without getting arrested Sure, some of the excitement with your partner can be trying it out in different places, but many of us aren’t that adventurous out of fear of getting caught.  If we get caught, it could result in a one way trip to the slammer and an appearance on the local sex offender registry. No thanks!  With running, you can do it on trails, road, treadmill, grass, track, concrete, so you can be adventurous (legally) and never get bored!

2).  You can do it with yourself.  When it comes to sex, it’s so much better with a partner, but running solo is pretty awesome. You can run alone just about any time.  Stressed at work and need to get out for a 30 minute run? No problem. Crazy day? A night time run alone might just clear your thoughts.  Morning, noon, night, you can run by yourself.  Ok, so yeah, you can kinda have sex with yourself too, but I wouldn’t recommend it on your lunch break and your hubby or partner might give you the side eye if they catch you doing that rather than that evening run on the treadmill.

3).  It’s (actually) all about you.  Ok, I admit, this reason is purely selfish, but it’s so true!  When we go out for our runs, we do it for ourselves and our overall wellness.  Whether it’s an easy three  mile run, hard core interval workout or a long, marathon training run, we’re just out there for ourselves.  We don’t have to worry about pleasing a partner or being selfish in the sack.  We just have to worry about feeling strong and hitting those PRs. And when we do, talk about a climax!

Purple bunz. Now THAT is sexy!

4)Two words:  Cute Outfits.  One could argue that there is a lot of cute bedroom attire to get the sparks flowing and feel sexy, but I have to counterpoint that argument with the following: Athleta, Oiselle and Lucy.  New running gear can make us feel just as great and confident as a sexy piece from Victoria’s Secret.  And HELLO! Bunz are so much more comfortable than lacy butt floss.

5). The quicker, the better!  Enough said!


So, anyone have any other reasons why running is better than sex?  Or perhaps it’s not?  Let’s hear it!

Native Ohioan now living in Boulder, Colorado. I love to run, tri, train, eat good chocolate, drink good rum, and laugh (a lot). I am a CPA by trade and work for Newton Running.

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    1. #5 is my favorite too. Don’t get me wrong, this one was a tough one to think of…but it got me through a tough long run one day! Haha! Getting to 5 was challenging!

    1. Good point about VS. They are creating quite a niche for themselves in the athletic wear dept. Personally, I’d rather wear cute running clothes than lingerie. But then again, I am also one of the few women I know who don’t enjoy bra shopping. I think that’s why I didn’t mention them. Thanks for commenting!