Don’t get us wrong, sometimes you just can’t beat the convenience and solitude of running alone. Just lace up a pair and head out the door whenever you have a free moment for some uninterrupted zen. But there are many benefits to training with a partner, to help you get as much as you can out of your workouts. Here are a few of the reasons we like to buddy up when it comes to training.
While we love the ease of getting a run in when we’re going solo, skipping a workout is even easier. When the weather gets blustery, or when the time change leaves you in am darkness, it’s very enticing to just hit snooze and catch a little more shuteye. Having a running partner will hold both of you accountable to your workouts, so that you can develop a consistent habit and get the most out of your training.
Having someone to talk to can help pass the time on a long run, or on a particularly grueling run. A running partner will help you power through when the going gets tough. If you’re a busy student, you can multi-task by studying on the run with a running partner from your major. Problem solving or discussing material from class while you run will help you get through your run, and your classes.
There’s some truth to the old adage ‘there’s safety in numbers.’ If something unexpected happens while you’re on your run, it’s nice to have a running partner with you who can help you navigate the situation. Even if you opt not to run with a partner, it’s a good idea to let someone know where you’ll be running and roughly when you expect to be back.
Do you run with a training partner? What benefits have you reaped from shared workouts?