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Sex Advice From Marathon Runners

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Q: What has running taught you about sex? A: Be sure to stretch your hip flexors beforehand.

CharlieCharlie, 31

What's the best reason to date a marathon runner?
That’s easy: we’re hot, in great shape, and have stamina.

I'm totally turned on by the runners I see at the park near my house, but they’re gone so fast — what's the best way to pick one up?
Wait for a hot weekend, then set up a table with cups of water and pass them out. If a cute girl gave me water, I’d make a point of finishing my run near her so I could talk to her afterward.

Are there any stretches or exercises that improve both your running and your sex life?
Pretty much any yoga poses. I started going to yoga classes to improve my flexibility for running, but that's proven very useful in my sex life as well.

My boyfriend is a great lover until he comes, and then he can be super lazy. I don't want to interrupt his post-orgasmic bliss, but I need to get off too. Any tips from a marathon runner about making sure both parties reach the finish line?
One night, ask him to concentrate on not coming and letting you finish first. If that doesn’t work, call me.

Do marathon runners last longer?
Does a bear shit in the woods?

Is it okay to have sex after a long run without showering first?
Of course. After the New York Marathon in 2008 I went straight to a bar for some drinks and ended up taking a girl home.

A girl I'm crushing on wants to train together, but I think she may run faster than me. Any tips for not seeming slow and unmanly?
Don’t worry if she’s faster. It just means you can ask her for training advice, and we all know women love giving advice to men. If it really bothers you, though, train hard for two weeks on your own and see if she wants to go for a short run. By that time you should be able to keep up.

I think my girlfriend has an amazing body and whenever I see her naked, I want to compliment her, without sounding lame and horny. What’s a hot, yet appropriate, thing to say?
Women like to get compliments — even if they pretend to be embarrassed. Try saying something simple, along the lines of “I love your body,” or “You have an amazing body.”

I keep getting dumped or blown-off by guys I meet online. My self-esteem is taking a huge hit. Am I right to be bummed, or are online relationships more superficial by nature?
Don’t be bummed. It’s much easier to blow off someone online because there’s no human interaction. Try dumping some online guys yourself and see if that helps your confidence.

Going commando: sexy or gross?
Girls – sexy. Guys – gross.

ErinErin, 30

What's the best reason to date a marathon runner?
Our bodies, definitely. Tight and toned.

I'm totally turned on by the runners I see at the park near my house. But they’re gone so fast — what's the best way to pick one up?
Try to set your pace to keep up with someone you like and start a conversation. Ask how long or how far he’s running that day or if he’s training for something in particular.

What has running taught you about sex?
Stretch your hip flexors so they aren’t too tight. Being unable to spread your legs certainly puts a damper on your sex life.

Is it okay to have sex after a long run without showering first?
No, bottom line. No.

A girl I'm crushing on wants to train together, but I think she may run faster than me. Any tips for not seeming slow and unmanly?
I don’t think women find slow men unmanly. Ask her to go for a short run or suggest meeting at the gym for a spin class.

Since the economy still sucks and everyone is hurting these days, is it acceptable to go Dutch on a first date?
This is a tough one. I want to say yes, but if it happened to me, I wouldn't like it. So no, it's not. Pick someplace cheap. Look for BYOB. Thai food for two is not expensive, and it's delicious.

I made the mistake of having sex with someone in my office. Now things are weird between us. Should I say something to acknowledge the situation or just ignore it?
Ignore it. I'm an avoider. Everything will be fine if you just let it blow over!

I think my girlfriend has an amazing body and whenever I see her naked, I want to compliment her, without sounding lame and horny. What’s a hot, yet appropriate, thing to say?
Inappropriate, horny comments are always welcome when we are naked. Go for it.

Going commando: sexy or gross?
Sexy.

DamienDamien, 30

What's the best reason to date a marathon runner?
Stamina.

I’m totally turned on by the runners I see at the park near my house. But they’re gone so fast — what's the best way to pick one up?
Just get out there and start running. Try to catch up and make small talk. My sister once saw Lance Armstrong running in the park so she sprinted to his side. He accidentally spit on her, but hopefully you’ll have better luck.

Since the economy still sucks and everyone is hurting these days, is it acceptable to go Dutch on a first date?
I think it’s best to go out for drinks at first; that way no one loses too much.

A girl I'm crushing on wants to train together, but I think she may run faster than me. Any tips for not seeming slow and unmanly?
Two approaches: either train hard before you run with her so you can keep up, or let her go ahead. Let her think you don’t have a big ego; it will help you score points.

Is it okay to have sex after a long run without showering first?
Only if your partner was running too.

My partner is more adventurous that I am in bed (dress-up, bizarre positions, and so on) and it weirds me out. Is it okay for me to just want nice, vanilla missionary sex most of the time?
No. You have to spice it up every now and then. You don't need to be a porn star, but things can get seriously boring if you’re not careful.

When I go out with single friends, I sometimes lie and say I am single, too, even though I've been with my partner for three years. I don't cheat; I just like to feel young and sexy again. Is that so terrible?
I don't think it’s terrible — as long as you don't cheat. Are you sure you don’t cheat?

My boyfriend is a great lover, until he comes, and then he can be super lazy. I don't want to interrupt his post-orgasm bliss, but I need to get off too! Any tips from a marathon runner about making sure both parties reach the finish line?
Tell him you want to finish first in this race and see what he says. If he can't take second place,
dump him.

My husband and I hardly ever have sex and I am starting to fantasize about strangers on the subway. How can I get him to bed me more often?
If you initiate often and you get no response, then something’s up. He's either cheating or gay.

Going commando: sexy or gross?
Gross on guys, sexy on girls.