Those long miles by your lonesome can work wonders for the body and soul, but buddying up can help you stay motivated and train consistently. Some folks are fortunate enough to have a good friend or family member who’s right in sync with their pace and distance. If you’re not so lucky and you’re struggling to find a good running buddy, here are a few tips to connect with a running partner.
Assess Your Goals
Before you try to find a running partner, make sure you know exactly what you want out of teaming up. Think about your own training goals, and answer the following questions:
A running partner who’s too fast for you may result in you getting left in the dust, or worse, injured. Conversely, you might not get the training you’re looking for if you reduce your own intensity or distance to match your partner. It’s important to look for a running partner who has goals and abilities comparable to your own, so that the training is beneficial for both of you.
Think Over the Logistics
Simple things like when and where can be big factors in finding a good training buddy. What time during the day do you typically run? How far would you be willing to travel to meet up with a running partner? Keep these things in mind when looking for a running partner. As important as it is to be flexible, inconveniencing yourself to train with a partner won’t do wonders to keep you motivated.
Find the Right Partner
So you know what you’re looking for in a prospective running partner. Now, where do you look?
What other strategies have you used to find a great running partner?