Tips on Teaming Up with Other Runners

by Sylvester Janssens
by Sylvester Janssens

Running doesn’t have to be a solitary sport.
Although there are people who prefer running alone, there are great benefits to running with others. But to have great running partners, you have to be a great running partner. Here are 10 tips to make the most of your running time together.

Be on time

There’s nothing worse than setting an appointment then having to wait. You might want to make a rule that the run starts at exactly 7:00 am and tardy runners will be left behind.

Vary the run

The great thing about running is you can do it almost anywhere. Changing up the course and running hills one day, then running at the golf course another, and at the track another, will keep interest in the group runs. Just be sure everyone knows where you’re meeting and what time.

Don’t whine

Every once in a while, running seems like pure drudgery, and no one wants to hear you complain about every ache and pain because it makes the run even harder. If you want to talk about a running problem, ask people if they’ve ever had the same experience. For example, if you have nagging shoulder pain, ask the others if they’ve ever had the same problem and what they did. You never know—you could find a remedy without having to go to the doctor!

Never leave the slowest person behind

It will dishearten him or her, and you’ll lose a running partner. It’s a good idea to figure out how fast everyone runs, and plan accordingly. If you have a large group, a few people may naturally run together because their pace is similar. Keep track of your slower runners so they don’t get discouraged.

Motivate others

Compliments are like a shot of adrenaline. Have you ever run with lead legs and heard someone say, “You’re running well”? The weight somehow disappears! If you know you’re coming up on a particularly rough part of the run, be as enthusiastic as possible to keep the spirits up.

Don’t dominate the conversation

Give everyone a chance to talk; otherwise people may not want to run with you. And you may find certain topics taboo, such as politics and religion. Running is supposed to be relaxing, so keep the conversation light unless your partners have agreed that debating issues and having disagreements is okay.

Take over the conversation when necessary

If you notice someone having difficulty talking while keeping pace, you do the talking for a while. Or if it’s comfortable, run in silence. Sometimes just having someone running next to you is enough.
If you’re faster than the others, schedule your easy runs on the days you run with your partners. It is great for recovery, and it will also help everyone else improve if they have to run a little faster to keep up with you.
If you’re slower than the others and the mileage doesn’t matter, you may want to wait and join the run after your partners have already pounded out a couple of miles. That way you have fresh legs for the remainder of the run. You still get the benefits of running partners without feeling like you’re holding everyone back.

Have fun

The greatest thing about running with others is the camaraderie. You make new friends, learn new things, and reach new goals. It’s a great feeling to look forward to your runs because as we all know, time passes quickly when we’re having a good time!

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