Training is hard work. There are tons of factors that play a role in getting you to the starting line without any serious bumps in the road. One of the most important, however, is staying motivated and on track with workouts and recovery. The best way to do this? A running buddy!
A running buddy is more than just someone to complain with then the weather is bad or celebrate with when you hit that freshly earned PR. Here are three of Team ECRPs favorite reasons to gather up all of your running friends and hit a workout together.
Better workouts. Whether you’re on the track with your running buddy or a stranger, having some competition will help you push yourself a little bit more. Like going out with the fast crowd at the start of a race, we all want to be in the front. If your buddy is a faster runner, they might pace you for a speed session where you’re more likely to work harder and stay consistent. If your buddy isn’t quite as quick as you, let them help you take it easy on a recovery day.
Socialize. There’s nothing as tasty as those post race beers. It’s even better when you have your training partner to celebrate with after you cross the finish. A running buddy can introduce you to tons of people. A running network is a great way to find your next race, explore new places to run or discover a perfect new piece of gear.
Accountability. It rains. It snows. Outside can be cold or hot or windy. On those tough days when you’re lacking motivation or the weather’s bad, your running buddy is there. You’re going to show up when you know someone is waiting for you. The suffering you endure together creates toughness you’ll need on race day. It makes memories and can help you see the bright side of a not-so-good workout.
The really good news is that you can have as many running buddies as you want. That’s one of the benefits of joining your local running group. You’ll find a friend for any distance or any speed and rock your workout together.