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Tips for running with a partner?

northstar2010-05-02 01:21:58 +0000 #1
Hi all,

An acquaintance of mine asked me to do some morning runs with her. Knowing I want to get out more regularly, I said yes, and we are giving it a go tomorrow morning. She did the same duathlon I did this fall and wants to just keep the winter poundage off.

So, I think we're just going to do quick jaunts around the neighborhood a few mornings a week, 3 miles max.

I am a little nervous, though, because I've only run alone. Anyone have any advice for me? What makes a good running buddy? Or a less-than-ideal running buddy?

Thanks in advance for the advice.
yellow2010-05-02 01:29:08 +0000 #2
You'll figure out pretty quickly if running with her is recovery for you, recovery for her, on the edge for one of you, or just right. Rarely are they just right. But sometimes its better to modify your workout a little bit in order to run with someone. You end up helping each other out (either by pushing the limit or by slowing down and enjoying the moment a little more). I have a group of friends that I run with on Sundays and they are always "recovery" for me. I just plan the rest of my runs accordingly.

I love running alone but also enjoy running with companions. You share a love of fitness and running. It's nice to feel that kinship with someone.

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