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5 Reasons Why I’m a Fan of Running With a Friend

Hi friends!

I’m slowly but surely getting back to feeling like myself, and looking forward to some spring and summer racing! Here is what my calendar is looking like so far:

1. Toad Suck Daze 10K – May 3 – Conway, Arkansas

2. MacArthur Park 5K and Jog Dog – May 9 – Little Rock, Arkansas

3. River City Ministries 5K – June 28 – Little Rock, Arkansas

4. Firecracker Fast 5K – July 4 – Little Rock, Arkansas

I might add a 5K in towards the end of April, but this month is BUSY! Whew! I’m committing to only racing short distances this summer, and really want to improve on some PR’s. I’m thinking my next half won’t be until October.

To start preparing to race again, after my much unwanted bout of Bronchitis, evening runs are back on! Thank. Goodness. I’m itching to get my speed back! I’ve been running a little bit lately, but think I’m finally ready to actually train again. And to help me train, I’ve recently met my long lost running twin!

For real guys, where has she been all my life?! I can’t even begin to tell you how much we have in common, it just blows my mind. But I know God puts people in your life for a reason, and I’m ecstatic to have a training partner!

I’m 99% of the time a solo runner, and have always truly enjoyed training by myself. Honestly, training by myself hasn’t been that bad! I’m disciplined enough to make myself do the work, scatter brained enough to zone out on runs and not think about the milage, and I’m hard enough on myself to push myself to go faster. But man, long runs can get lonely! And those days when you really aren’t in the mood to run…it can be tough! Am I right?

I’ve got several friends here I can run with, but I just haven’t met anyone that’s as passionate about running as I am. In fact, they’d have to be a pretty rare bird to think the same way I do and be able to talk about running for hours on end, and be as excited about races as I am. Well, lucky for me, this chica is! Praise! Now, I don’t have to beg Adam to listen to me go on and on about races 🙂

Last night we met up at Big Dam Bridge for a short run, and it was wonderful. Cool, crisp air, beautiful sunset, and a good workout. She just got a new Garmin, so after a few technical difficulties we got the thing working.

running at big dam bridge

Running at sunset in the summer is one of my favorite things. It’s the perfect way to unwind, and really take in the views. Ah, I just love it.

I’ve decided I might be a fan of running with a friend.

5 Reasons Why I’m a Fan of Running with a Friend

 Here’s why:

1. You can talk, and lose track of how far you’ve gone. Side note – this is going to take some practice. I’m not used to trying to make myself talk and run at the same time, so my lungs were not very appreciative of this new effort.

2. It’s safer. I’m a small girl, so the idea of somebody swooping in and hauling me off would not be impossible. But, when there’s two of us? Good luck, buddy!

3. You can discuss important matters. Like how turning 25 was the WORST thing to happen to our running careers. Everyone knows 25-30 is one of the hardest age groups! At least in 20-24 I stood a chance. But really.

4. You are much more motivated and can be held accountable. I don’t want to be the one that makes us walk! (Except for last night…I’ve been sick ok, geeze!)

5. You can learn from each other. Like, did you know your shorts had 5 pockets? Did you know stretching is probably actually a good idea? Big lessons folks.

Basically, two are better than one, and having a training partner will make you a stronger, faster runner!


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Do you train solo or with a friend? Tell me why! What is your spring/early summer racing schedule looking like?


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    Allie @ Running on Peanut Butter
    April 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Haha loved your comment about running in the 25-30 age bracket. I stand no chance wherever I am, but that made me giggle haha 🙂

    Also, I HATE being the one to make someone walk while running, so that’s a big motivator for me too. Talking while running is wayyyyy too difficult!
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    April 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Running with friends is so much more fun! It makes the time and miles fly by!
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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    April 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I am also a solo runner 99% of the time, but love running with a partner on those long training runs, or at least part of it! I like running with Scott because he feels good right away and towards the end feels sluggish and I am the complete opposite so we challenge each other!
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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    April 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    So glad you found someone who has the same passion and love for running! It must make the time pass so quickly when you guys are chatting and I love running with Kyle for the same reason. My other friends here aren’t too huge on running, so he’s my only option haha ;). Running with friends also helps to push an motivate you and I definitely agree with it being safer. I don’t feel too comfortable running around a college town at night by myself!
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    April 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I am generally a solo runner. Like you I haven’t found anyone that shares my passion. Most people that I know who run are scared of running with me. Seriously guys not that fast. 🙂 But that’s awesome you found someone to run with!
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    Rebecca H
    April 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I used to only run by myself but the last several months I have been running while my husband rollerblades with me during the week and then I have a running group for my long runs. I love to have other people to talk to or if we don’t feel like talking it’s just nice to have someone else there going through the same thing. Now we are all 5 doing the same race (my first half!!!) in less than 4 weeks!

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    Anna @ That DAMM Runner
    April 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I love running with a friend but sadly it doesn’t happen often 🙁 Lately I’ve been doing group track workouts with a local running club and that’s awesome! Even though it’s a solo workout, you can’t show others you’re slowing down! Great motivation.

    I have 2 races on the horizon: a 10-miler in a few weeks and a 10k in July. I am hoping to sprinkle others in there, and run a half marathon in the fall.

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    April 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I’ve always been a solo runner about 99% of the time as well – however I never passed up on those runs when Joshua randomly wanted to join! Glad you found someone whose just as passionate & shares the same hobbies as you to join in! 🙂
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    April 8, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I’m still yet to run a race with a friend. I’ve run training runs with friends, but not an event.
    I’d love to be a pace runner for a slower running friend, but don’t see that happen any time soon.
    Oh well maybe one day.
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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    April 9, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I never really have run with people. I would like to start though because it seems like it would switch things up a bit. Plus, it’s a fun and free activity that I could do with my friends.
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    April 9, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Yes to #1! For real. Talking with a friend makes the time go by so much faster! I’m a solo runner too for the most part, though. It’s soooo hard to find someone who matches your pace and is passionate about running. Too bad we don’t live closer to each other! 🙂
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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    April 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I can never find anyone to run with me! It’s a bummer and I need to find a buddy for the warmer months this year.
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    April 9, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I wish I had a training partner here! I have pretty much always trained by myself, but I know I push myself more when I run with someone else. I’m glad you have someone to run with now!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    April 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I am SO with you on running with a partner. For me, running has never been my friend, and we’ve had a long, unhappy, tumultuous relationship. Now I run with my husband, and having him to encourage me, distract me, and hold me accountable helps so much and keeps me going when I just want to quit.
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    April 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I train solo most of the time, but will do the occasional long run with my mom because she helps me fight off the boredom. I usually think that running is a solo spot, but a little encouragement to spice things up every now and then is great!
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