5 Things No One Tells You About Marrying a Runner


1) They get up early on weekends.

On purpose. To run. Not just every once in awhile, but every single weekend. If they aren’t training, they are racing. Sometimes they burn thousands of calories before you’ve even had your first cup of coffee.

2) They use excessive amounts of ice.

You head to the refrigerator to prepare an icy beverage and end up staring into a cup longingly as the ice maker churns air. Runner are always icing a knee, foot, or leg at any given time. And as their long runs amp up, they use entire freezers of ice to take a bath.

3) They keep weird things in the pantry.

Right next to the Cheerios and the pasta, they hoard strange things like gel packets, salt tabs, and protein powder. Some of their food might seem like run-of-the-mill jelly beans or candy bars, but be rest assured that these are for “sport” only.

4) They are expensive.

Don’t fall for the old ploy that the only equipment runners need are shoes. It’s a slippery slope. GPS watch, mp3 player, hydration belt, handheld, moisture-wicking everything, foam roller, etc.

And those race entry fees don’t seem so bad until you have to add a plane ticket and hotel room to the tab.

5) They have extended families.

From running buddies to racing friends, they seem to come with an entourage of like-minded people. They are usually all annoyingly fit and perky.

When they gather together, they spend 75% of their time talking about running and fill the other 25% discussing food and injuries. It’s painfully boring, but they won’t notice you slink away as they compare heel drops.

Carissa Liebowitz has run the Boston Marathon as well as dozens of marathons and half marathons. You can follow her running adventures on StravaInstagram and her blog.

6 comments… add one
  • Bettie ittenbach January 9, 2016, 4:31 pm

    If you are just starting – fairly good shape do a 1/2 m.and a senior (66) any Dvice?

  • triathlete May 27, 2015, 3:21 pm

    It could be worse, just ask all those who married triathletes! 🙂 oh, and Mike, don’t complain about just having to watch – I thought my husband would be too bored to do that so now I sign him up to run marathons and half marathons with me. He doesn’t like running not even a bit, but… For better or for worse!! 🙂

  • mike December 9, 2014, 6:21 pm

    They get crazy ideas of running in every state. They think I enjoy the thought of standing there imagining her running. Just for that one glorious moment when they fall across the finish line. And are cranky the rest of the day because they hurt.

  • Husband of a Marathoner October 23, 2014, 2:59 pm

    I have two more to add.

    1.) They constantly arrange their (and subsequently your) schedule around the ‘4 hour long run’ or ‘track workout’ of the week.

    2.) A thirty minute 5K race will take approximately 3 hours out of the day to get there early for a warm-up and and stay later for the cool down.

  • Bride September 11, 2014, 12:20 pm

    You forgot to mention all the stinky sweaty clothes!

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