So I thought today we’d discuss a few reasons why some of you need a running buddy in your life. I know. We all crave and need our alone time from time to time. But if you are finding that your workouts are becoming stale you may need a running friend to up the ante a bit. Here are a few reasons why having a buddy can help you up your game.
1. Accountability. I don’t know about you but there are days when I personally am just not feeling it. Yes, I am a high mileage runner and I LOVE my solo miles but some mornings I would rather sleep in. Having a friend (a reliable one) that you know will meet you at the crack of dawn to crank out the miles will make you want to hop out of bed and hop right to it. Believe it.
2. Motivation to go the distance and/or run faster. Some days being out on your own can just feel like you are pounding out the miles at that same ol same easy pace. Find a friend that is just a touch faster than you and those miles will definitely just start flying by.
3. Safety in numbers. Getting up so super early in the morning can be tough and a lot of the routes and streets in neighborhoods tend to be somewhat dark. That is not always easy or safe to do alone. So grab a buddy or a running group and go explore some routes that you otherwise would not explore solo. Be sure to grab a flashlight or headlamp if you are running in darker areas without street lights.
4. Healthy competition. I am actually the biggest advocate of always YOU VS. YOU. But if you find a friend that is confident in their running ability it can be fun from time to time to have a little healthy competition. Go hit the track with your buddy and see who can bust out the fastest 800s. High five each other on a job well done. Running buddies that support each other are absolutely the best buds to have.
Do you have a true blue running buddy? What are your favorite things about your running bud (or buds?)