So after sitting on the sidelines of the blogging world for the entirety of our relationship Christine asked me to do a guest post about dating a blogging runner. Over the course of our relationship I’ve accumulated the following advice for my fellow man who has chosen to be in relationship with the wonderful woman that is a blogging runner.
1. You gotta love carbs.
I don’t like pasta, period. I’ve never been a fan and I probably never will be. I find that personally pasta has no flavor. However I can now report that I now know the difference between orecchiette and orzo (those are pasta types for the uninformed) and how to properly cook pasta “al dente” (the proper Italian way to cook pasta). Just learn how to do these things and you will be ok.
2. Get used to early bed times and early wake-ups.
She is going to want to go to bed at 9pm on Fridays when you're saying to yourself, “I’m just getting warmed up.” Just suck it up and go to bed, trust me in about 8 hours the alarm will be going off and you will willingly or unwillingly be supporting her on a long run. I’m telling you from personal experience it goes easier if you are well rested so just suck it up and go to bed at 9pm.
3. Learn how to quickly locate the nearest coffee shop.
See #2, you're going to be waking up early on weekends when you would rather be doing a close investigation of the inside of your eyes lids (Read: Sleeping). You’re going to need coffee.
4. Learn the keys of race day wardrobe planning.
She’s going to plan her race day wardrobe. You're not going to care. Do yourself a favor while you have the chance to influence her thoughts on this all so important topic. Suggest that she wear bright colors, it will make identifying her amongst the race day masses easier, and something low cut, trust me you’ll thank me later on this part.
5. Your Saturday mornings are already planned.
You're supporting her on a long training Saturday morning, this is non-negotiable, this is a fact, this is what you will be doing, period.
6. The 0.0 joke is only funny to you.
She has a 13.1 or 26.2 sticker on her car. Putting a 0.0 sticker on your car is only funny to you.
7. You're going to get to do at least one holiday race.
Turkey Trot, Santa Shuffle, whatever the name, you're probably knowingly or unknowingly already signed up for one “because it will be fun.” Personally I find eating turkey like a fat kid or opening presents while wearing only a pair of boxers and a t-shirt to be fun but this is her idea of fun so just be thankful you get to be involved. On a side note, based on personal experience this year, this will go much easier for this dose of “fun” if you train for it, my body is still in recovery from my dose of “fun” at Thanksgiving.
8. You get to learn about the latest and great in the world of fuel.
I’m not talking about fuel for your car (Dream car is an Audi S4 2.0 with navigation, cold weather package and enhanced audio). I’m talking about talking about the glucose, jelly-like packets that she refers to as “fuel.” She’s going to crave them on long runs and during races so take note when she says she likes a certain flavor, you’ll get a lot of brownie points with her if you can pull them out when she’s on mile 18 of a 20 mile training run. On a side note, they all taste like nothing if you were wondering.
9. You’ll know the latest and greatest gossip in the blogging world.
I’ve never met them, nor have any idea what they look like but I can tell you the number of children, current race PRs (Personal Record, for you newbies), and what race they are currently training to run on half the running blogger community. I don’t say this to boast, this is just a fact.
10. There usually is free beer at the finish line
Need I say more? She just ran a race and is probably not going to want to drink it, this is where you come in. It's probably not going to be the world’s greatest beer but hey, its free.
I have a bet going with Christine that I can get more “likes” or thumbs up things on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram than her articles so please do whatever you do on those things to approve of this article. If I win I get to sleep in next Saturday, so if nothing else help out a tired guy.
Finally, my weekly round up has been some 12 ounce lifts so if nothing in this post makes sense please blame it on that fact.