August 25, 2017
Here’s a new post to keep us on track (pun intended) for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge, in support of The Children’s Book Bank.
This week – Running Buddies!
Training partners can be one of the most valuable tools a runner can have. A partner helps make you accountable, so you’re more likely to show up and give more during your workout because you know that someone else is depending on you (or judging you – just kidding).
But in order for you to get the most out of a partnership, there are some important things to consider. Hopefully these tips will help you pick, and be, an awesome running buddy.
Consider having more than one running partner…
Becoming part of the ‘Ambiguously-Fast Duo’ is a great idea, until one of you gets injured, sick, or goes on vacation, and you’re suddenly on your own. Think about having more than one running buddy or joining a group so you can have others to rely on. Also, having partners of different abilities can help meet your training goals – you might have one chatty partner whose company you really enjoy on slower-paced long runs, but prefer someone who is more performance-focused (i.e., talks less and sweats more) to help you push harder and have a stronger workout at other times.
A positive attitude goes a long way. The last thing you want is someone complaining about the weather or how early it is or how hard the workout feels (I admit this is sometimes me – the Excuse Queen, complete with sash and sceptre). If you prefer to run outdoors year round, but your partner rushes for the treadmill every time there is a grey cloud, this might not be a good match. And don’t forget schedules. If your idea of an early run is 6 a.m. and your partner thinks 9 a.m., they may hit their snooze button more than they hit the road with you.
Finally, it’s important to remember there is a difference between a running partner and a coach. Cheering on your friend can be well meant, but might come off as condescending. That’s not to say you can’t ever offer encouragement – it’s one of the reasons runners pair up in the first place. Just remember feedback can be subjective.
Here are some things to steer clear of when looking for a running buddy…
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to sign up for the walk/run or consider supporting a Book Bank team member already on the roster.