There are many benefits to preparing for a race with a partner. Multiple studies have demonstrated that runners experience an increase in motivation when training with another person or people, depending on who the other person is, how fast they are, and even what they’re wearing.
Here are a few reasons why a buddy might help you stay active while you spend time together.
- Time flies. There's nothing like good conversation to make a run fly by. And during those harder runs, a partner will help you power through when the going gets tough.
- Helpful observations. A partner can help you improve your running form. Being by your side often enables them to examine your stride, and point out what you may be doing wrong.
- In case of an emergency. There’s safety in numbers. If something does happen, it’s good to have someone there to help. Even if you don’t run with a partner, it’s a good idea to let someone know where you’ll be running and when you expect to be back.
- On-demand pep talks. A partner is the perfect pick-me-up in case you get bored on a long run. The right partner can talk you down and perk you up.
- Accountability. Skipping a run is easier when you’re running solo. Having a running partner will hold both of you accountable for your workouts. Soon you’ll begin to count on your partner to show up, and you won't want to disappoint a friend by being a no-show.
- New routes and rhythms. If you're tired of the same old running routes, a partner is sure to know some different ones. You can also challenge each other to shake up your routine and try something new.
- Morning motivation. Partners make great alarm clocks. Once the day gets going it can be hard to fit your run in and a lot easier to find excuses to skip it. Find a morning person to run with to ensure that you follow through on your plan again and again.
Three Benefits of Having a Running Partner, Running Warehouse, December, 2012, http://blog.runningwarehouse.com/running-lifestyle/three-benefits-of-having-a-running-partner/
O’Mara, K., Buddy Up: The Benefits of Training Partners, competitor.com, September 2013, http://running.competitor.com/2013/09/training/buddy-up-the-benefits-of-training-partners_58448#KxL9OdXHZJSZuEVP.99
Kislevitz, G, 8 Reasons to Run With a Partner, Runner's World, 2013, http://www.active.com/running/articles/8-reasons-to-run-with-a-partner
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