One of the things I love about running is that quite often it is a wonderful way for me to get some alone time. There’s a saying, “running is cheaper than therapy”, and boy oh boy, sometimes running is exactly what the doctor ordered for me to clear my mind and to recharge my battery.
But sometimes I don’t want to run alone. Here are 5 options for a running mate:
- Run with a group!
I know some local running stores have weekly group fun runs. Some also have group training runs for local races. I’ve done the weekly fun runs at my local running store a handful of times and discovered that they are a great way to meet new people with a similar interest… running!
- Run with a dog!
I love running with a dog! It’s a great way to run with some protection (most people aren’t going to mess with someone who has a dog, right?) and to get your dog some exercise! I have a 3-year-old boxer mix, who doesn’t love running, but I still make him go with me sometimes! Don’t have a dog? Ask a friend if you can borrow theirs! Sometimes the local animal shelter has programs for people to take dogs out for a run, so if you don’t have your own dog, you could get in a run AND do a good deed for a dog waiting for their forever home!
- Run with a friend!
I have a few friends who run and every once in a blue moon the stars (and our schedules) align and we get to run together! I enjoy running with friends. I’ve run with friends just starting out running, and I let them set the pace, and make sure they don’t worry about it (make sure your friend doesn’t feel guilty or apologize for being new to running, encourage them and remind them that everyone was new at one point!). I’ve also run with friends who are faster than I am. And when that happens, I have to remember not to compare or apologize for being slower than them. It’s about getting a run in and spending time with a friend – both are things that should be enjoyable! Make a rule to have fun and that no one is allowed to apologize for their pace.
- Run with your significant other!
When I was married, my husband and I would go out for a run together at least once a month when I was training for a race. It was a great way to spend time together. If you are going to run with your significant other, make sure that the same rules apply as if you were running with a friend… have fun and no apologizing for your pace!
- Run with your kid!
If you have kids, let them run with you sometimes! Very young kids can go in a stroller, and pushing a stroller while running just intensifies your workout! My son is a tweenager, and last month we ran our first 5K together! Well, he finished before me, because he’s 12, but running a race together was such a wonderful bonding experience! He was standing at the finish line cheering me on! When my son was younger, we did a mile together for National Running day, and I let him dictate the pace. We made a game out of it! If you have kids, no matter their age, try and get them to run with you sometimes!
So as you can see, there’s plenty of options for when you don’t want to run alone!
Is there an option to running solo that I missed? Share your ideas with us!