This post will probably discourage all future dating prospects, but nevertheless: This weekend I will be subjecting myself to 13.1 miles. As race day gets closer I keep reminding myself that I willingly signed up for this masochistic milestone. There are days when I enjoy running. But I don't know that I will ever reach the point where I enjoy running 13.1 miles. It's hard. It hurts. Sometimes I'm not even sure why I do it, and yet…I keep doing it. much like dating.
Here are all the similarities I could think of between running and dating:
1. If you're doing it right, you should be sweating. If it's not hot enough to perspire, run farther, run faster or find a guy who makes your palms sweat.
2. The outfit is everything. Have you ever worn the wrong sports bra on a long run? Or perhaps tried managing your mileage in short shorts? Chub rub is so not attractive…neither is being underdressed (or inappropriately dressed) for date night.
3. No doubt about it, it's all about the shoes. Enough said.
4. It hurts. and yes, the same can be said about running. Sometimes it's painful, uncomfortable and even heartbreaking. An injury right before race day, a case of tendonitis, a relationship ending before it even had a chance to begin…that heavy sinking feeling is very much the same whether the prize was a man or a medal.
5. You're constantly learning new things about yourself. Sucking face with a smoker? Not tempting. Running long distances without eating breakfast? No thank you. Dating has taught me what I want (usually by process of elimination), where I need to grow and what to be wary of, much like what a long run will do.
6. The first part is always the hardest. The first mile out the door feels like death. My legs are heavy, my breathing is choppy and I just want to turn around and cuddle up on the couch in sweatpants instead. I can't tell you how many times that exact statement could be applied to me before a 1st date. You know it's going to be awkward and Ben + Jerry sound like much better company.
7. Everyone else always looks so much better doing it. Have you ever seen another runner and thought, I hope I look that good…only to pass a storefront window and realise you look like an 80 year old man with your shoulders hunched, a forward tilt and an awkward gait? Guilty. Have you ever looked at your friends who are dating successfully, or are happily married to the first guy they ever met and think, how did that happen? Why do they make it look so easy!?
8. "Once you hit that runners high, you can run forever!", "When you know, you'll know!", "You just haven't met THE ONE!" Yeah…I don't know who made those things up, but they were full of it! I've logged my fair share of miles and not once have I ever hit that infamous runners high. I'm still waiting...
9. Sometimes its better done in a group. If he doesn't try to get to know your friends or doesn't have any interest in your family, drop him like he's hot! A girl needs her support network - on and off the road. A 10 mile run with friends feels like a fun challenge. A 10 mile run solo feels like psychological suicide. You need team players.
10. I want to give up about 100 times a minute.
11. It's always worth it in the long run (no pun intended). Bad date? Lesson learned, thank goodness it's over! Grab those sweats. Great date? All those nerves for nothing! When can I see him again!? That euphoric feeling is similar to the endorphin infused high you get after finishing an invigorating run. No matter how hard the run, you still got out there and pushed yourself, challenged your mind and body in new ways.
So, the verdict…I'll keep running, but dating is up in the air.
Eat well. Live well. Be well.