Maybe you’re looking for someone to share the morning with, or perhaps you are in need of someone to share the suffering of your first few weeks of ground pounding. Maybe you’re up for the challenge of a new race or local event and need some extra motivation or could just use someone to talk to when you get bored. Whatever your reason for seeking out a partner to share your runs with, you need to make sure that you pick someone that fits your specific needs. So, here are a few tips to help you on your way:
Tips for Picking a Running Partner
1. Pick a partner that’s accessible: Life happens. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your kids’ soccer game, a long day at the office or a big upcoming family event, there will always be someone or something that could potentially deter you from meeting your goals, and when you involve a partner, you’ll have to take on his/her running baggage as well. Try to pick someone who has a similar lifestyle and who faces the same time crunches as you. If you find someone who has a similar schedule, then there is a good chance you’ll be able to workout meeting up at the same times.
2. Pick a local: To where you run at least. If you’re a big fan of running at the local track, then pick someone that you can meet or take there with you. Sometimes it’s not always possible to find someone who runs in your neighborhood, so pick a running partner that you can easily get to or meet up with.
3. Pick up a partner of the same speed: It’s great if you want to help someone slower than you or new to running. But, if you’ve been running for a while and are setting a good pace, then try to pick someone who can keep up and push you to your goals. Keep in mind that you also don’t want someone that you can’t keep up with either, so make sure you have someone you won’t be waiting for and a partner that you won’t be sucking wind with to keep up on your run.
4. Pick a reliable person: It may go without saying, but everyone has been left waiting on someone else before, and when it comes to running, this isn’t going to help your workout. No matter how good of a friend someone may be, don’t make them your running partner if they’re unreliable or have a history of bailing out on things. Picking up a running partner means you’re in a relationship, and you need to find someone who is going to treat it with respect and not leave you hanging.
Finding a running partner is easy, finding a good one is not. Think about your own goals and pick someone accordingly, but most of all, pick a partner that is going to make you a better runner and help you to get the most out of your workouts.