Running with your relatives, friends or partner is a great motivator and can help give you that extra push when you really need it most.
Studies have shown that runners experience an increase in motivation when training with another person or group of runners. Having someone alongside you can also help pass the time on a long run. Organising a morning training run with your friend, family member or partner might be what you need to stop you reaching for the snooze button! The nice thing about running with your loved ones is that your main motivation is very close. Take advantage of it. It's a good thing!
Running together is a great way to encourage communication. Talking about your day, catching up on gossip, problem solving and discussing what’s on your mind is a great way of spending quality time with your family, while fitting training in. Win-win!
Strength in numbers
If something unexpected happens on your run, it’s nice to have your running buddy with you to help. Even if you run on your own, it’s always a good idea to let your family or other half know your training plans or leave a note of where you’ll be running and how long you expect to be out for.
There’s a good chance that both of you run at different paces, so discuss this prior to running so you’re both happy with the pace you’ll be aiming for. If there’s a huge difference in pace then try incorporating some speed work, run hard then jog back to them to recover – but always remember to take the end of your run easy to help your body recover for your next outing.
Mix it up
Running the same 5k loop from your front door can become very repetitive. They say a change is as good as rest, so share your regular running routes with your running buddy and experience their tried and tested trails.
So what are you waiting for? Grab those trainers and get out there together