This past weekend I was lucky enough to get to spend my long run with Jess and Christina who were visiting Charleston from out of town.
(Side note: if you ever come to Charleston and want run route advice just let me know, but be forewarned if you are about my pace you may gain a buddy. ) I usually do all my long runs on my own. They are my thinking, planning, coming up with wild ideas time, but it was so nice to have someone to run with. I forgot how much I enjoyed the company of others – I used to do almost all my runs with buddies, but then one went to medical school, one got pregnant, and the other is not currently racing, so I have been going it alone recently. I guess somewhere along the way I forgot why running with a buddy rocks.
Why run with a buddy? Here are my top 4 reasons:
1. accountability –
If you know there are people there waiting on you the chance of you skipping your run, or hitting snooze for the third time, drops dramatically. Running with others holds you accountable and is the easiest way to make sure you get out the door and on that run.
(I got up at 5:something for 14 sweaty miles with these two, but know if I was running alone I would have been in bed until at least 7:00 and then suffered through the August heat.)
2. pace –
Running with others naturally inspires us to push the pace a bit. Instead of falling into our routine pace we seem to take it up a notch to keep up with others around us, or even to compete with others around us. This means you get a quality workout in.
3. mileage –
When you run on your own it is easy to cut your run short or stop and walk just because you are feeling unmotivated. However, when you are running with a group it is hard to stop your run early. What are you going to say when they ask if you are okay? “I just don’t want to run.” I don’t think so! This definitely motivates you to keep going until the end.
4. socialization –
Probably the best feature of running with a group or a run buddy – getting to socialize with other runners. It is so nice to talk to people who actually want to talk about running and who share similar experiences as you. This can be a great way to make new friends and it makes the time pass much faster during the run.
So, get out there and find a running group or a running buddy.
I highly suggest checking in with local running stores to get started as many of them offer free group runs throughout the week.
Let me know-
Do you run with a buddy or a group?
Do you prefer to run alone?
Or do you mix it up?