I am generally a solo runner.
This has more to do with the fact that not a lot of people run where I live rather than me not wanting to run with people.
I have attempted to fun with various friends before but it has never really worked out. We are all mothers with young children so it is difficult to find a time that works best for everyone involved.
Yes, I finally have a running buddy and I couldn’t be more excited.
I knew I needed to find someone to run with now that the days are getting shorter. The only time I can get out for a run without the kids is once my husband gets home from work. By the time we have supper and I get ready it is already getting dark. I am not interested in running by myself in the dark.
I also knew I needed to find someone who I wanted to run with, who liked running, and who was available when I was.
She was sitting across the desk from me the whole time: My co-worker. (I’m currently on maternity leave but technically she is still my co-worker)
As soon as I thought of it I texted her to see if she was interested. She wrote me back right away saying she was so I grabbed my marathon training plan and figured out a schedule. We will be running together three times during the week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I will still do my long runs on the weekend by myself because she will not be training for a marathon but she knows there is a standing invitation to join me.
We started this week and let me tell you I love having a running buddy!
The time goes by quicker.
We get to catch up since we don’t spend seven hours across from each other anymore.
And I get to push someone, which in turn pushes me.
We are currently doing a 3:1 run/walk ratio to build a base before the mileage increases on the training plan. I keep telling her my goal is to push her, not kill her. I am succeeding so far.
My love for running has increased in just two short runs all because I have someone to share it with.
And not only do I have her in real life but I also have another friend who I am “training” with. I put the word training in quotes because we live over two-hours away from each other but we are both training for our first marathon, which we will run together. We have already figured out how we want to tackle the training and the actual marathon. I’m hoping we can get together for a couple of long runs together once the mileage increases. We figure if we train the same we should be able to race the same.
Running with friends; I doesn’t get any better.
Do you prefer to run solo or with a buddy?