Did this harsh winter take a toll on your running or walking motivation? Need a boost to get back out there to reap the benefits of being active? We’re with you! With a brighter forecast in store, we polled our Potomac River Running crew to bring you five qualities of a great training partner who can help you shake off the winter blues.
Look to train with folks who share similar interests to yours. Obviously, you should both like being physically active, and having things in common will help pass the time during workouts. You may find yourself spending time with this person aside from running and exercise, which is great! It can strengthen that bond and brings you closer together as a team.
A Friendly Push
Try to find a partner who is faster than you. It may be slightly intimidating to try and match the pace of someone who’s more experienced and/or fitter than you, but you won’t improve if you aren’t pushed at times.
Similar Training Schedules
You need a training partner who is available to exercise on similar days and times with you. This doesn’t need to be every day, or even every other day. It could even be once a week, perhaps for the “long run” on the weekend if you’re training for a longer distance event. But ideally there should be consistency in your workouts. Otherwise, the partnership may not last or be beneficial to either of you.
An ideal training partner will have running or walking goals similar to yours. Perhaps you are both trying to finish your first 5K, or maybe your first marathon. In either scenario, it will help to have that common goal as motivation. And race day will be all the more satisfying as you both cross the line and hit that goal. If you are training for different distances, we suggest choosing a handful of races you could both enjoy, no matter your ultimate distance goal. Our prraces.com site is a great place to look for upcoming events in our area.
You’re much more likely to be consistent in your workouts, enjoy being active, and accomplish your goals if you and your training partner have positive outlooks on exercise, and life for that matter. Gravitate to a training partner who will boost your spirit, energize your desire to walk or run regularly, and be a source of positive support.
The sport of running in particular is filled with ups and downs, and it’s overcoming those down times, sometimes with the help of a training partner, that make you a better athlete and a better person.
If you’re currently seeking all of the above, why not give our free weekly group runs a try? With the loaded =PR= Calendar, you are one click away from finding the ideal place to find a great training partner.