Happy Friday! Today’s theme (yes, I finally am back on track after I messed that up a couple of weeks ago!) is five ways to share the running love. I’ve chosen to spin it a bit and talk about five ways to be an awesome running buddy. I’m able to write about this because I’ve had (and currently have) so many fantastic running buddies. More than I can name, dating back to my high school track days. Per usual, I’m linking up with my girls Cynthia and Mar for the #Friday Five. You can read our linkup rules here. Please note that if you don’t play nicely, we will delete your link.
- Get ready to talk. Running buddies talk. It’s kinda in the job description. I know that although Julie (the running buddy whom I run with the most) and I text throughout the week, we share our really good stories for our runs. It’s amazing the things you will learn about a person while you are running. So get rid of any “I can’t run and talk at the same time” issues and get ready for some good conversations! It’s also great therapy when you need to vent (if I’m running really fast, Julie knows I’m pissed off about something :)).
- Be timely. I almost laughed as I typed this because Julie and I have our own concept of timely. But it works for us! We wake up and text as we’re getting ready. Inevitably we meet up ten minutes after our specified time but it’s okay because we’re texting each other to figure out when we are leaving our respective houses. This is the perfect system in my mind but if you don’t text your running buddy from the bathroom while you’re getting dressed (ahem), try and make sure you are at your meeting spot when you said you’ll be there. No one wants to wait in the heat or in the cold for their buddy.
- Be flexible. Some days you will not be feeling the run. Some days your buddy won’t be feeling it. I know from experience that there are very few days where both of you aren’t feeling it at the same time but sometimes those days happen. Be flexible. You’ve got to find that balance between pushing your buddy and knowing when to back off and just make the tempo run a fun run or do hills instead of speedwork.
- Ditch the competition. You should not feel like you are competing with your buds. You are trying to make each other stronger. Now, don’t get me wrong – in a race, I do my own thing but during training, we are a team. Not competitors!
- Have fun! If you follow me on Instagram, you will note that Julie and I spend a good bit of time going on fun runs, taking pictures and basically just having fun. It makes me excited about our runs and it’s nice to switch it up sometimes!
What makes your running buddy awesome?