New Brooks survey reveals waaaaay more about our running and personal habits than we ever thought possible…

Running = the solution to all your relationship problems?

We’ve always heard that the mark of a good runner is the ability to carry on a conversation whilst running. And it seems that those that can do just that have rather a lot to talk about…

A new survey from Brooks Running Company has found that guys enjoy chatting on the run more than their female counterparts. More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of men surveyed passed the time by discussing their team’s latest performance (sports, 51 per cent) or their cool new gadgets (34 per cent).

Ladies, on the other hand, choose to use their running time as therapy – and are most likely to talk about relationships (47 per cent), both the good and the bad. Surprisingly, all runners ranked their happenings in the bedroom as their least favourite running topic.

However, the snappily titled Brooks Run Happy Nation Report, released this week, also found that 66 per cent of runners believe they have more sex when they run with their significant other. Men (71 per cent) are more likely than women (62 per cent) to think that a couple that runs together has more hanky panky.

The survey also revealed the different types of runners that we love to hate, including:

– The Spitter (30 per cent claim this is their “most hated runner” category): runners who spit while running;

– The Double-Wide (29 per cent): runners who run in a group and take up a lot of space;

– The Superhero (14 per cent): runners who are completely decked out in unnecessary gear;

– The Flasher (14 per cent): runners who don’t wear enough clothes even when it’s cold out.

As for favourite running city, well, as this was an American poll, the results were slightly skewed (we here at TR always have a soft spot for Nottingham and Birmingham) with the respondents saying that the hills of San Francisco was the most desirable, followed by Portland, Boston, Boulder and New York. We’ll have to mark those on our itineraries when we’re next over in the States.

The survey was undertaken by 1,000 U.S. adults aged 18 and over who run at least once per week.

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