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5 Perfect Running Date Ideas You Haven’t Thought Of

Here is how you can celebrate your love of running and your significant other by combining the two and planning the perfect running date.

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“Hey, I was wondering if you are free to go out with me next Saturday?”

“Sure, sounds great! What did you have in mind?”

“Well… I was thinking I’d pick you up at 8:30 a.m. and we’d go on a great new running route I just discovered. I’ll bring a picnic and we can have lunch afterwards.”

Dreamily thinks to herself: I’ve just found my soulmate.

Want to spend some time with your special someone and still go for a run? Here are a few ideas.

Will Travel To Run

This is such a cool idea: Take another mode of transportation to a relatively nearby fun destination and start your run from there. For example, if you live in a city, drive to the train or metro. Hop aboard and get off in a new to you location for a fun run. Afterwards, grab smoothies or lunch and then hop the train back to your car. Another idea is simply driving to a new location and starting your run from the car. You are sure to strike up an interesting conversation about the new sights along the way.

Plan A Romantic Picnic

Imagine running with your significant other and having a picnic basket waiting for you at the end! Every runner loves to eat, so plan ahead and pack a brunch, lunch or early dinner with your favorite foods, a decadent dessert and maybe go a little wild and pack a bottle of wine (along with the water!). Don’t forget a blanket and extra warm clothes. Note: This date is especially perfect for shorter runs, cause let’s face it, if you are on a 20 mile run, you probably just want to go home and take a nap.

Scavenger Hunt

This will take some work and planning, but the end results are totally worth it!

  • Plan your location.
  • Beforehand, stash a note of encouragement or a love note in various locations along the route. Bonus points if it’s a gift (ie: a pair of new running sunglasses, running hat or lip balm. Just make sure you hide it really well so no one else finds the treasure!).
  • Develop a list of creative clues and write them down for your partner.
  • Give it to them right before the run and let the fun begin!

Bike + Run

You like to run, they like to bike. Plan a day where you run and they bike beside you. Add in talking and laughing and you’ve got a recipe for a fun morning or afternoon! Simple, easy and you get to spend time together!

Plan A Mini Runcation

This takes a budget and some planning, but plan a weekend getaway to a beautiful race. You don’t have to go to Europe—it can be just 1-2 hours away! Run the race together and then spend the rest of the weekend getting a couples massage and lounging in a bed and breakfast or quaint hotel.

Okay, now excuse me while plan something for my hubby and I! Have fun and happy running.