Many runners like to have a running partner to keep them accountable and on track for achieving their next goal. Now is the time to start searching for that individual.
Below is a list of questions to consider when selecting a running partner. It is also good to meet your new partner for a trial run before incorporating them into your training schedule permanently.
What is your favorite distance that you like to run?
Having comparable races is a plus. After all, you will want to run with a person who is also training for the same types of races.
When do you prefer to run?
It is important to know if your partner is a morning, mid-day or night person or which time of day works best with their schedule.
Where do you prefer to run?
Some people are very sensitive about this question. They want to stay safe or just feel more comfortable on a certain route. Others may want to stick to trails more than the roads.
Are you a cold or fair weather runner?
The answer to this question can quickly decide if this person is right for you. But even a fair weather runner could benefit from having a partner who will push them outside in the middle of winter.
Can we positively motivate each other?
Motivation is a primary ingredient for a partner. Your partner isn’t someone to compete against. They are someone who should inspire you to do your best—and vice versa.
Can we communicate at least once a day? Bad communication can lead to indifference. And if you can’t do this, what will you talk about on your runs!
Do you have time restrictions?
Some workouts take longer than others. You can adjust to these if you plan wisely. Some partners are just better for short recovery runs, while others have more time for long runs.
Are both you and your partner dependable? When you make a plan, you can’t cancel at the last minute, especially more than once.
Are you a complainer?
Nobody wants to listen to complaints. Complaints destroy motivation, unless you both like to complain. If that’s the case, it could be a great partnership.
Give and Take.
Can you be flexible when necessary? There are times when plans have to be changed. If you or your partner really don’t have the ability to complete a workout on that day, you have to be okay with making a change.
Your running partner works only as well as you do. You must be capable of all of the above as well as your partner. Partner running is a two-way street.