Utahrunning.com is asking for feedback from Utah runners. Their first topic of discussion is: Is training in groups or with running partners overrated or does it really help elevate your training?
What can I say? I love my running buddies. If it weren't for those girls there would have been many a morning I went right back to sleep. Having a partner who is relying on you absolutely helps get you out of bed when it's 5 degrees, when it's dark, when it's snowing, or when you just plain don't feel like lacing up.
That's not the only perk. What about those runs when you feel like the world is all wrong? When you wonder why you've chosen this sport. You know those runs when all you can think about is the end of the run? Two words: Running Buddy! What better way to turn a brutal run into bliss than to get the party started? Sing to each other? Yes please. Dance in the streets? You bet! Stop for coffee and then run with it? Ohhh yeah!
Take a look at some of these runs. Do I think they were more fun because of my running buddies? Yes. Yes I do.
Strike a Pose
Things to be thankful for: Running Buddies
Epic Snow Run
Don't get me wrong. I love a solo run. I love a nice long run where I can just get inside my head and find out what's going on in there, find out what I'm made of. But, I do love my running buddies. Sharing successes and failures (and new longer distances) together makes for some very entertaining times and some very strong friendships.