Benefits of Having A Running Buddy


Is having a running buddy really necessary? Think of it as having someone to share your training with.. Someone to keep you accountable and vice versa. Especially in the morning when it is impossible to get up at 4:00 AM because your bed is too comfortable but you have no choice but to get up because you have to keep to your arranged time to run (just so you know, I am not a morning person). Having a buddy also provides extra protection from those wishing to cause you harm. I have a chaotic work schedule and sometimes I run at night. So what qualities should I look for and how do I get one?

I prefer running with a positively motivated person. Someone who will give you 101 reasons why you shouldn’t miss a training session and that encourages you to go tempo running every M.W.F. and do LSDs (long slow distance run) on weekends. Also not the kind who will weigh you down but the kind who will inspire you to go further and not give up until you reach your goal. This way, they can motivate you to train when you wouldn’t otherwise

I have a love-hate relationship with these two. #TempoRunners #SpeedRunners

When choosing a running partner it is best to go for someone who is in the same fitness level as yourself or someone training for a similar distance as you are.  You can gain from each others experiences and be introduced to new running routes and races.

Endurance? Yup, these people are hands down running renegades.

benefits-of-having-a-running-buddy-004Achievement, unlocked!

Someone who isn’t afraid to try new things. How are you going to ‘test the boundaries’ if you’re training buddy is unwilling/unable to challenge themselves? For example, I told my running buddies that I will be having a 21km run, instead of training on  flat pavement or the oval, they dragged me to Mt. Balagbag in Batangas to practice on trails. I survived and I also blogged about it!

Survived 21km trail run, thanks to these badass runners
(Mt. Balagbag, Batangas).

I’m lucky that all three of my best friends and I share the same interests which includes running.  The more fun your runs are, the more likely you’re going to stay better committed to your training over the long-term. Pounding the pavement can be lonely, so just having that social contact—being able to laugh, support and push—will make your training more enjoyable and efficient.

benefits-of-having-a-running-buddy-005My BFF and I run as a way to “catch up.”

I told myself that I’m very much capable of running alone and to tell you frankly, I am strict with my training routines. I was also hesitant at first but when I started running with my buddies (and got the chance to run with some professionals), I find it more effective and I improved a lot. How about you, how do you choose a running buddy? Do you also find it effective? 🙂


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22 thoughts on “Benefits of Having A Running Buddy”

  1. Hi Polly! I actually do most of my runs solo, mainly because of timing. I end up doing a lot of my training in the middle of the day so none of my friends are available to join me 🙂 Occasionally I’ll meet up with a group for weekend miles and it’s always a treat!


  2. Having a running buddy is a very good motivation but unfortunately I cannot have one right now. For reasons. Haha! Planning to start the C25K app I found on the app store. Been on the sedentary lifestyle for some time now.

    Thanks for the tips anyway, will definitely bookmark it in case I’ll go looking for a buddy in the future 🙂


  3. I get my husband to run with me, and he is so encouraging. He pushes me past my limit because he knows I can do it, and we make a challengenge or game out of it. Plus, it’s always nice to have someone there to hold you accountable. Thanks for sharing!


  4. A running buddy should be strict too. If one gets lazy, she drags down the other. I find it more fun and effective to run with my friends. It motivates me to give my best during training and in every race 😊


  5. I am a runner, 5k/6k is as far as I have every gotten. But having a running buddy isn’t a necessity for me. Hey, every person is different. But I’m happy it works for you.

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  6. Its hard to get a running buddy that will not force you to run at their pace when I know my body is not there yet, so o like running by myself at my own pace

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