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11 Ways That Running Is A Lot Like Having Sex

A while back I attended a running coach certification course. It was through a reputable organization and I learned so much about running, the body, training and more. But it wasn’t just talk of IT bands and mile splits. The instructor kept it interesting and at one point he compared running to sex, I think partially just to get our attention (and it worked).

He was just making a joke! But the more I thought about it, the more I realized running does have a lot of similarities to sex…

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Running is like sex because…

Most of the time you’re practically naked.

It makes you sweaty.

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It gets your heart-rate up.

You can do it alone or with a friend.

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Sometimes you have to convince people to do it with you by promising brunch after.

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There’s heavy breathing and awkward sounds.

The right music gets you in the mood or pumped up for it.

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You get better with practice.

When you don’t have a lot of time you’ve got to fit in a short, quick session.

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Everyone knows you do it but no one wants to hear you talk about it.

And finally, running is like sex because it makes you happy and gives you endorphins.

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Run Eat Repeat

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Monica Olivas started blogging six years ago to document her weight-loss journey and training for her first marathon at Since then she’s conquered the half marathon and marathon (actually dozens of them) and lost 20 pounds. She shares running tips, reviews, food diaries, weight-loss features and musings about life, liberty and the pursuit of fitness on her site. Monica is a RRCA-certified running coach and ACE-certified personal trainer based out of Southern California. She is a full-time blogger, also blogging for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, and is sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE. Follow her blog for tips on healthy living and on Twitter/Instagram @RunEatRepeat.