The Dos and Don’ts of Running Dates

How to impress the shorts off any runner on a date.

Kelly Bastone |

It’s the month of love, and what better way to get to know a new (or current) Signifcant Other than by going for a run.

However, a running date has to follow some rules, otherwise said Significant Other will be running for the door.  Nancy Pina, a Houston-based relationship expert and runner, provides some ground rules.

DO dress comfortably. Just as you wouldn’t wear brand-new clothes on race day, you should stick to apparel and shoes that you know fit well and won’t ride up or cause chafing or blisters. Also, Pina recommends keeping it simple and modest–don’t run shirtless or in just a sports bra.

DON’T sweat perspiration. Runners understand that it’s part of the deal. “Worrying about whether you’re sweating too much might be misinterpreted as displeasure with your date, so relax,” Pina says. Stash scented baby wipes in your car or gym bag so you can freshen up before heading for a postrun coffee.

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DO wear deodorant–but skip the colognes and perfumes. Warm skin and perspiration can amplify scents, which could overpower your date.

DON’T brag about PRs and running conquests, which can make you seem arrogant. Share one thing you’re proud of, but don’t let your achievements monopolise the conversation.

DON’T spit or blow snot–even if that’s customary among your training buddies. You should control whatever bodily functions you can. It’s tough to recover from hitting your date with a loogie (even if it was accidental).

DON’T insist on making eye contact while running, since anything more than a quick glance could cause you to stumble or fall.

DO take it easy. A running date isn’t a race. Aim for a relaxed pace that lets both of you chat comfortably, which may require the faster runner to rein it in.

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DON’T discuss past relationships or share anything too personal. Runners sometimes spill intimate details once their endorphins start flowing, but you need to hold back. Chat instead about your passions and interests. “Sharing what inspires or motivates you is attractive to others,” Pina says.

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