Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grandparenting.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday's Training Tip: Get a buddy

Running buddies are motivators who can save you from yourself and make your run more fun. Whether you are just starting out or you have been running for a while and need a little motivation, a running buddy can help you stick to your training plan – even if that plan is simply to keep moving. Here are a few examples of ways the buddy system works for me.
Training Buddy – You and this buddy have committed to a race. You are following a training plan with regular and specific workouts, times, and distances. You can’t let each other down because you know your buddy is counting on you – and you are a little bit afraid she might get herself into better shape than you if she does the workout while you skip.
Training for a half marathon
I Need a Run Buddy – This buddy is willing to go for a run at the drop of a hat. She is also a good ear, and that’s why you need her at the drop of a hat.  She can help you burn some steam and regroup when you are feeling stressed.

I Will if You Will Buddy – This buddy helps you talk yourself into going for a run. I might text her and ask, “Are you running today?” Her reply makes me commit. “Sure, what time do you want to go?”
I Miss My Buddy Buddy – This is the friend that you have grown to love over miles and miles. You haven’t seen her for a time and a run is the perfect way to catch up.

I've had these buddies for years!
I’m just a Runner Buddy – This buddy isn’t one of your regular workout partners, but she is a runner, so you are friends.  That’s how it works – runners feel kinship to runners.  You might only run together once or twice a year, but when the regular buddies are not available you can find a friend to tag along.
Lot's of shapes, sizes, and ages!
Running buddies come in many shapes, sizes, ages, and a couple of genders. Some of them never go for a run together – they just like to talk about running when they are together. This much I know … If you become a runner, your social circles will expand in ways you never anticipated. Running will enrich your social life – it did that for mine!

How does your running buddy motivate you? Sound off in the comments below!

Happy Running!
- Carol aka Running Granny Green
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