11 Reasons You Should Date A Runner

11 Reasons You Should Date A Runner

We'll keep your stomach full, push you to reach your goals, and make life an adventure.

Remember that girl you see jogging every morning on your way to work? Or that guy that you always see breaking a sweat on the treadmill? What if I told you that those runners, as well as thousands of others you see so often, are more than likely great dating prospects? Stop looking around bars for other singles and tie up your sneakers, because runners are truly some of the best people you can be in a relationship with. Besides having an athletic physique and a passion that keeps us going, runners are fun loving, caring, and motivated people.

1. They know how to plan and stay organized.

Staying on a training schedule takes more determination, willpower and planning than most endeavors. Odds are, if a runner can dedicate themselves to training, they can devote themselves to you.

2. They know how to eat.

"I'll have a salad, appetizer, entree and a side please." When you're constantly burning calories, you're constantly craving to take them in. Taking a runner on a dinner date will be anything but boring. 95% of the time they'll have snacks in their bags for fuel.

3. They're low maintenance on fashion.

Most runners spend the majority of free time in their shorts, sneakers and running accessories. You'll feel no pressure to impress them with fashion; sweatpants will do.

4. They prioritize taking care of themselves, and will take care of you too.

Running is a sport that not only requires constant exercise, but 24/7 nutrition, hydration and well being. Runners prioritize their mental and physical health, and will want the same for you.

5. They'll challenge you to be better.

Being a runner means never being complacent. Each race has an implied goal to beat your time, run faster and harder. Runners thrive off of accomplishment, competition and achievement. Having that constant desire to be the best version of themselves will rub off on you too.

6. They're always down for a night in with Netflix.

Runners thrive off of relaxing nights for better training the next day. There is no need to impress them with big parties or crazy nights out, they're perfectly happy with a movie and 9 o'clock bed time.

7. Personal hygiene is a necessity.

When you're constantly sweating, you're constantly showering. Enough said.

8. They're always down for adventure and traveling.

When you dedicate yourself to running races, you also dedicate yourself to logging hundreds of miles in the car and all over the country. A runner is always down to pack their bags up and hit a new destination for the weekend.

9. They're tough as nails.

Two inches of snow? No problem. Sore from your 10-mile training run the day before? No big deal. Runners fight through tough weather conditions, physical pain, and mental barriers.

10. They take their stress out in healthy ways.

When a runner is having a bad, stressful day, instead of taking it out on you they'll more than likely hit the pavement. The idea of a "runners high" (a release of good emotions after running) is a biologically proven process.

11. They will support your goals and dreams.

The running community is undoubtedly one of the most supportive and caring groups there is. Whether you're crossing the finish line at as fast as Usain Bolt or at a snail's pace, there will always be hundreds of people around you cheering you on like you're #1. Runners support one another and push each other no matter their ability. As much as they priotize personal achievement and growth, they want to see you succeed too.

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10 Things To Eat Instead Of Sweets

Americans eat too much sugar, but what should we eat then instead of sweets?

Whether you gave up sweets for Lent or are trying to cut back as you are getting fit, trying to fight your sweet tooth can be hard. I like to think that my wisdom teeth used to keep my sweet tooth in line, but with the recent loss of my wisdom teeth now my sweet tooth seems to have taken over. Although the sweets tasted delicious, my body was not appreciative of me eating so much sugar. According to the University of California http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/the-growing-concern-of-overconsumption/#.WqfJEejwZPY, the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every day that adds up to about 66 pounds of added sugar consumed in a year. They also claim that sugar causes the similar changes in the brain to those addicted to drugs and may be why we experience ‘cravings’ for more sugar. So we are eating too much sugar, but what should we eat then instead of sweets to satisfy our cravings?

I wanted to share a list of things I have found that satisfy my sweet tooth but have more natural sugars instead of artificial sugars.

1. Dried fruit

Dried mango and banana chips are as sweet as candy!

2. Grilled Fruit

Forget peaches and cream, try grilling your peaches and then eating it warm with a drizzle of honey on top. Grilling pineapples also make them lose some of their tartness and become sweeter.

3. Frozen yogurt

As sweet as ice cream, but much more healthy. Try freezing your favorite yogurt with a stick through the lid to make popsicles!

4. Frozen fruit

Think of frozen fruit like frozen candy bars. Blueberries and frozen grapes are easy to freeze, just rinse them then put them in a Ziploc bag in your freezer. My favorite is frozen bananas. If you like to eat the frozen bananas dipped in chocolate from the ice cream store, I recommend trying Nutella hazelnut spread on your banana for a healthier alternative to chocolate.

5. Smoothies

With so much frozen fruit, consider also making yourself some nice smoothies. As long as you have a blender, smoothies are pretty easy to make! If you use frozen fruit, there is no need to use ice and you have more room for more yummy ingredients. I recommend just being creative, but there are many different smoothie recipes available on Pinterest.

6. Yogurt with honey and fruit

This tastes like a delicious parfait! Consider using frozen fruit for a colder treat. My favorite is vanilla yogurt, honey, and frozen blueberries.

7. Trail mix

You can find delicious trail mixes that will satisfy your sweet tooth. You can even build certain trail mixes to mimic the taste of your favorite candy bar!

8. Granola Bars

Like trail mixes, granola bars can be filled with different delicious ingredients like nuts and berries. However, some can be trying to mimic a candy bar so much that they contain about just as much sugar. So be sure to read the nutritional facts! I suggest looking for bars made with only natural ingredients.

9. Nut butter

If you want a sweet and salty snack, I recommend delicious nut butters like almond butter or sunflower butter on an already salty snack. You can put it on whatever you like, but I recommend sea salt crackers, pretzels and rice cakes.

10. Jello

If you are trying to go sugarless, there are many different kinds of sugarless jello! I like to make my jellos with different fruits in them like canned mandarin oranges.

I hope these will help you to cut back on sugar while still satisfying your sweet tooth!

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That Awkward Week Before Break

Composed of many awkward moments and powered by less sleep and more caffeine than you could ever imagine

That awkward moment when you’re in college so anything awkward can happen anytime! Whether it would be a big change in weather (*cough* this winter *cough*) or just a flamboyant group of people having their own kind of fun on campus during a regular sunny day, college is definitely the place for a change of pace.

The real change of pace occurs right before and during rare, much needed breaks - specifically the fall and spring breaks. If college is usually known as a time of excessive stress, sleep deprivation, and caffeine consumption, it is taken to a whole new level right before break! Before I started college and work, I would have never imagined that I could go 20 consecutive hours without sleep or that I could easily down an energy drink or Starbucks coffee in a short amount of time (being caffeine sensitive and all), but having traveled overseas every summer and winter break in addition to being an Information Technology major, I learned that it is more than possible to go that long without sleep, and that you will become absolutely biased when it comes to energy drinks and mochas (Nos energy and salted caramel Starbucks mocha for the win).

Although it may be awkward and stressful, I must say that losing sleep for that 4 AM workshift or flight to and from Germany to see family (how I learned the true definition of jet lag) is worthwhile preparation for the real world. I remember ending last semester by pulling an all nighter working on a paper at the library (my ultimate getaway, specifically the third floor) and then relaxing a few hours before a 4 AM shift. Was is a change of pace? Yes. Was I exhausted? Yes. However, I was also extremely proud that I had finished the semester on a good note and that I was able to watch the sunrise and sleep after work before treating myself to a night with my buddies. (Tip: If you are too stressed to work, just start packing as soon as you can...it’s really not that hard as long as you know what you need and it is a great stress reliever)!

Everything about the week before break is unreal. The stress, the work, the motivation that gradually increases due to the realization that there is a break, and the alone time in the dorms due to most students leaving early (I’ve always preferred traveling on weekends). However, with a little help from caffeine, the library, Apple Music, and close friends, the week before a much needed break to recharge can easily be the most unusual, productive, and fun week that you can have in a while

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