While I enjoy the alone time during runs, when they start to get higher in the mileage (usually 12 or above), I really prefer some company if I can find it. Two years ago my buddy Lynnsey (who I met at Dick’s sporting goods – story on that here) was training for half while I trained for the full and did some long runs with me. This year, the situations are reversed and I’m able to return the favor. This past Saturday (yeah I’m a little late) I bumped myself up to 12 miles and jumped in after the first 3 of her 15.
After last weeks’ serious reflections on solo long runs, today I write about the lighter side with a list.
Top 10 Reasons Running is Better With a Buddy:
1. Company makes the miles fly by
2. You have someone to cover you if you need to make a pit stop in the woods
3. Getting eyeballed by a guy on a moped feels slightly less creepy
4. You don’t get deer-in-the-headlights look when you ask “do you ever get this weird pain in your shoulder/back/arm?”. In the same sense you also don’t get that look while you randomly and awkwardly try to stretch your arm while you run
5. Running = instant and easy that’s what she said jokes. Buddy = someone to laugh at them
6. Free therapy
7. It’s pretty good alone, but its better with a buddy*
8. Someone to take really stupid pictures with
9. Someone else gets why your most expensive pair of shoes are for running and why you won’t spend money to go out but don’t think twice about dropping $85 for a race fee
10. Running buddies often become awesome friends
*Bonus points for a…you guessed it…that’s what she said
With five weeks left to the race I don’t have a real plan as far as training goes. I may make 12 my longest run, I may decide to up it to 13 or 14. I’m planning to run 4 days a week, cross train one day and do either speed or hill work at least once a week. On the plus side, the broken toe doesn’t seem to have slowed progress at all – in fact (probably due to a months worth of consistent ab work) I feel even stronger, which is awesome.
Take that, bouncy seat.
Half Marathon Training Run 1: Why Long Runs Save My Sanity
November 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm
So happy for you! I’m trying really hard to convince my son to do the Couch to 5k so that he can run with me. (I recently moved and none of my friends live by me anymore…Plus, being a single parent, he’s pretty much used to being with me non-stop, so it’s not as “creepy” as it sounds!) I’d love to have a buddy, so I’m glad that you can return the favor for your friend and get something out of it too!
November 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm
Hope you can convince him. It can make all the difference!