I’ve been running with a lot of people lately. Whether it’s Tim or local area runners, I find myself having someone to run with periodically. It can be a good or bad thing. During one of my solo runs, I was thinking…what exactly does it mean to be a “good” running partner?
I like a mix of running with people and running alone. I find that running with people allows the time to go by quicker and allows me to catch up with people. It also allows me to run places I might not have and also at paces I might not have.
These are all just personal opinions and obviously being a “good” running partner varies from person to person. This is just a list I was thinking about:
- Chances are unless you are the exact same person; you won’t feel like running the same pace. Be flexible and don’t make your training partner feel like dirt. Don’t force them to run faster for you. In the same respect if you are feeling off pace, let them run ahead no guilt.
- Don’t spit and accidently hit them. Just gross. No.
- Don’t be late. We both planned our schedules around this time…no one wants to stand there awkwardly during our planned run. I give you ten minutes then I’m jogging into the sunset (or sunrise…or whatever).
- Be encouraging but don’t be cray. I personally don’t enjoy when people tell me “only X miles to go” but everyone’s different. Some people thrive on that and some people don’t. If you are close friends with someone, you probably know. If you aren’t…get to know your training partners.
- Finally don’t run side by side. Other runners do not want to play red rover while you run 10 people side by side. Be aware of your surroundings and let other runners run by.
Questions for you:
What makes a good training partner to you?
Do you run more with people or solo?