Running friends give you ideas for new types of runs, new routes to run, even new places to run! I’ve been on runs in my neighborhood that i had never even run on before until I ran them with someone else!!
-If you haven’t seen one of your running friends in a while, it gives you a great excuse to go for a run and catch up!
–Planning to run a race with a friend gives you an excuse to return to your childhood when your mom used to dress you and your siblings alike. (my mom did that anyway)
–There is someone to share your runs with. response from Telling my non-running husband about my really fast 9 miler: “Wow, good job.” Response from telling my running partner about my really fast 9 miler: “That is awesome, lets replicate that next week. Do you think that your pace would change if we did it on a hilly route?” A running friend is Someone to sympathize with about your awesome runs, as well as commiserate with your terrible ones!!
–Running friends give you a good excuse to get up in the morning at an ungodly hour and go for a run. Knowing someone is counting on you to meet them makes it sooo much easier to get out of bed in the morning!
–Running friends allow you to bounce training ideas off of one another:
“Do you think I should do more speedwork and what kind?”
“How long should my breaks be between my 800s?”
“I haven’t decided yet if I really want to register for the half/full marathon”
The topics of training are endless. Running friends let you ramble on about the best topic ever … RUNNING!! and you will also probably never get bored because you are talking incessantly about running!
–We can talk about poop. There’s not a whole lot of people you can talk about poop with. It’s kind of taboo. First date convo? NO. Job interview? Umm…No, not if you want the job anyway… But runners and running friendships are different. You can tell me in depth about your bowel movements before your runs/after/during (yuck, but I’ll still listen and sympathize. And call you a cab?) and it truly doesn’t phase me. I think once you have bowel issues during a marathon that lead you to pretty much poop your own pants….all shred of shame is gone. (or lost?)
–Running causes really deep friendships. Maybe it’s the connections over the arduous hours, maybe it’s the fact that that we are also connecting with nature at the same time that we are pounding pavement and we feel more at peace with ourselves and the planet? Something about running brings out really raw and deep bonds in runners.
Why do you love your running friends??