Running Couple-Specific Problems

Couple Running

All couples butt heads, have issues, or at least have the odd conversation here and there that they are convinced most couples probably don’t have. If you’ve ever been in a relationship, you know this is just part of the territory. When both members of a pair are runners, however, you pile on a whole new level of weird to the issues they regularly face on top of the normal couple stuff.

Should you share clothes?
Well, running clothes at least. Men wear tights, pink, and plenty of spandex too these days, so who would blame you if you wanted to cut down the cost of two separate running wardrobes and just combine them (considering you are somewhat similar in size, of course). Maybe not all running couples will admit this, but a LOT of them share running-related items beyond just gloves and socks.

Have you seen my nipple guards?
In most couples, if this question is asked, it is by a lactating wife. With runners, however, it could just as easily be the man too. Nipple guards are one of the well-kept secrets of distance runners that the general non-running population is not privy to. Hours of fabric dancing over one’s non-sports bra-protected nips results in a bloody painful mess most men don’t subscribe to more than once.

Can/should you run together? Ever?
Odds are, you don’t run the same pace, so is someone willing to slow down and stick with their partner? Sometimes, yes, but in most cases only in the initial few runs together when they are still trying to get you to like them enough to stick around. Think about it, how many married runners do you know who actually train together?

Whose turn is it to sign up for a race?
Especially if you’re signing up for a half or full marathon, the training time leading up to it becomes a big time-suck, meaning the other person must be patient, understanding, and supportive that much longer before it’s their turn again to sign up for a race.

Shoe wars.
How many pairs of shoes a runner believes they really need varies, but get two of them together sharing a closet and the comparison and competition is nearly guaranteed. So whose turn is it, really, to buy a new pair of shoes?

Injury jealousy.
There are plenty of things that spur jealousy amongst couples, but only athletes understand the frustration and jealousy levels one feels when they are injured and must watch quietly from the couch with their ice pack while their partner gears up and hits the trails for a beautiful sunset run. Watching them trot happily away hurts in the heart right next to the spot reserved for traditional heartbreak from breakups and whatnot.

Oh, you did NOT put my anti-chaff stick there!
Couples share a lot of things, and it’s a beautiful thing. However, anti-chaff sticks should never be shared. If you’ve ever used one, you know where they may (probably) end up, and it’s the sort of thing that should just remain personal.