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!