Date Lab: They love to run, but are they headed in the same direction?


Hanna Pillion, 25, human capital strategist, and Andrew LaBrecque, 24, government employee. (Photograph courtesy of daters)
March 21

He says: “I’m a tall Southern guy with a great job who likes making others happy.” She says: “People tell me I’m easy to get along with, funny, positive, and I have a huge heart.” Sounds like a match, right? To find out, we sent them to Rustico in Alexandria.

Hanna:I didn’t want to drive, so my roommate drove me.

Andrew: She showed up at about 7:35. She was going for a handshake, but I gave her a hug.

Hanna: When he stood up to greet me, I realized he was really tall. I don’t think I’ve ever stood that close to someone who’s 6-7 before. That was nice; I really like tall guys. [But] I usually go for guys who are brunet. It’s funny, because I think he’s almost more of [my roommate’s] type than my type.


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Andrew: She looked like a very kind, open person. Well dressed. A good first impression.

Hanna: [He was] pleasant; he was friendly. We both like beer a lot. We got to try a few different types.

Andrew: Once the waiter went away and we got our drinks squared away, the conversation really picked up.

Hanna: The Olympic Opening Ceremonies were [that] night.

Andrew: We were talking about the Olympics and the condition they were in. We took some hacks at Russia on that one.

Hanna: I was saying I didn’t like the Winter Olympics as much as Summer Olympics because of the running events. We’re both runners.

Andrew: She’s trumped me: She’s done [multiple] half-marathons, two full marathons. Where I’m gradually progressing to where she is right now. She encouraged me by saying I’d be able to run those, no problem, considering the routine I’m running on a day-to-day basis.

Hanna: He’s way faster than me! I don’t think we’d ever be able to go for runs together, because I’d be miles behind him. Honestly, most of the conversation was probably on running, his traveling and where I’ve traveled.

Andrew: She was very creative, outgoing and appealing. Definitely the kind of person you could rely on if you were in trouble — she’d be there in a heartbeat to help you.

Hanna: I don’t particularly remember laughing a ton. I think he’s more serious. He was pretty reserved, I guess.

Andrew:As the night progressed she was very open to everything we were talking about, twirling her hair. We were having a good time.

Hanna:I think he was interested, [but] I wasn’t feeling any chemistry.

Andrew:I offered at the end to take her back home.

Hanna: I didn’t feel 100 percent comfortable with that yet. [Plus] my roommate was going to pick me up.

Andrew: [It was] 9:30, and we were still finishing a couple of beers. [Hanna] said, “I think that’s my roommate right there.”

Hanna: She came in just to use the bathroom and was going to wait in the car, but I pulled her over.

Andrew: I’d definitely have liked to continue the night we had going. She’d never gone line dancing before, and I go every week.

Hanna: He actually wanted to go [that] night. But it was already 10:15. So I said it was probably better to go another night.

Andrew: We hugged right before they departed in the car. It was a little awkward of a departure, but that’s just how it went.

Hanna: He texted me that night. I would leave the door open [to a second date].

RATE THE DATE

Andrew: 5. Everything you had prescribed to be a match was spot-on. I enjoyed being around her, and I hope the feeling was mutual.

Hanna: I would say a 3, just because it was very average. It was a good first date, but at the same time, I don’t … we’ll see what happens.

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UPDATE: Andrew and Hanna kicked up their heels for a night of country line dancing at Nick’s in Alexandria.”She did quite well for her first time,” he told us, adding he hoped to see her again. But Hanna soon texted him saying the chemistry wasn’t right. “He’s a really great guy (and very chivalrous!), just not my type,” she explains.

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