Running solo can be an enjoyable and relaxing activity. You get to enjoy your quiet, ‘me’ time. You get to clear your mind.
But running alone can be boring sometimes.
At times, especially when you don’t have the drive to run, having friends to run with can be truly beneficial.
Aside from removing boredom, there are also various reasons for you to start calling your friends and start running with them.
Whatever your reason is for running, may it be to shed some weight, to join running marathons, or to simply keep a fitter life, having a friend to join you while running can serve as a motivator for you to run regularly. Just knowing you have a friend waiting for you, expecting to run with you can be an effective motivator. More so if your friend is fully aware of your purpose in running. They can be the voice that can actually tell you to get up and keep going. They can cheer you up and inform you of the actual progress you’re getting after every run.
If your running buddy is a fast runner, it may even be more advantageous for you. When you’re running with someone, you typically keep your running pace in sync or in rhythm with them. If you’re running with someone who runs fast, your speed is also bound to increase in time. Sure, running with someone who runs speedily can be difficult at first, but take it as a challenge or an inspiration – use it to your advantage.
When the person you’re running with is an avid runner just like you, you can learn a lot from them. You can share information on better techniques, better workouts to combine with your running exercises, better ways to soothe your sore muscles after running, and more information you can actually use to improve your running experience.
Some runners who run alone usually turn to listening to music while running. If you have someone to run with, you can have a nice chat with them instead. Having someone to talk with during your runs can serve as a positive distraction. You won’t be pressured as much unlike when you’re running alone that you’re probably more focused on reaching the target you set for your run. When you have someone to chat with while running, you may not even notice when you’ve finally reached your target. Plus, running probably won’t feel as tiring just like when you are alone.
Running with peers can help you develop a better running attitude, which in turn, can contribute a great deal in shaping you as a great runner. Give running with friends a try and you won’t regret it for sure.