After thinking about it during my 4 mile run today I finally decided that todays topic is….*drumroll please*
Here’s a list of my personal pros and cons of having a running buddy.
Pro: The most obvious perk of having a running buddy is having their company. They offer a distraction and make that 5 mile run go that much faster.
Con: Personally I don’t like having a conversation mid-run, but I know people who will talk throughout their entire run. So I need a running buddy who’s okay with my silence.
Pro: Having a set time to meet your running buddy can give you that extra kick in the morning to get out of bed and lace up your shoes.
You have to get out of bed.
Pro: If your running buddy has a faster pace than you, it can push you to PRs. I accomplished my half marathon PR due to my running buddy that race, shedding over 9 minutes off my last race.
Con: This can put you in a dangerous situation where you’re pushing yourself too hard. Or if your running buddy has a slower pace than you it can add time to your runs.
Mixes it up
Pro: For someone like me who spends most of their time on a treadmill, this can add a change of pace and scenery
Con: Like I said, I like my treadmill, it can be hard to get me off of it. What can I say…I like my routine
Pro: If you’re a young woman like myself, having a running buddy is a way safer option. This is why I often opt for the treadmill, there just aren’t that many safe paths near my school. But get yourself a running buddy and keep each other safe!
Not much of a con here…
Pro: You might gain an extra water break or two when your running buddy needs to tie their shoe or take a bathroom break mid-race, and vice versa
Con: This could add time to your race
Featured running buddy of today’s post is my boyfriend. I finally convinced him to run a couple 5ks with me this summer(fingers crossed we can get that milage up). He is about the only person I will run with. Our paces match up almost perfectly (probably because his pride is too big to admit that he needs a break) plus he doesn’t mind my no talking rule(:
Thanks for reading(: