We don’t know about you but we’re excited to get back to running with our friends. Having a running buddy is truly one of the best parts of running. The benefits of having a running buddy go far beyond beating boredom; they can motivate you to go a little further, and sometimes run even faster; but more importantly they often become our closest friends.
If you’re new to running or it’s been a while since you’ve ran with anyone, it might be intimidating to find someone to run with. Luckily there are plenty of ways to find new running friends or reconnect with old running buddies.
1. Running stores - Running stores are by far the best resource for anything running related and finding a running buddy is no exception. Many running stores have weekly group runs that are kicking off new programs monthly. Visit your local store’s website for a list of weekly group runs. There are also great training programs that will allow you to build up your endurance and see the same friendly faces each week, making finding running buddies even easier.
2. Brewery runs/Pub runs - Chances are there are several breweries in your community, and with the growth of these social hubs there has also been a rise in group runs that originate from them. These runs are typically ranging from 2-4 miles and are very relaxed. It’s easy to strike up a conversation with fellow runners and enjoy a cold beverage afterwards.
3. Social media - One of the best things about social media is its ability to connect people that might not otherwise cross paths. Many cities have Facebook pages devoted to like-minded runners and walkers and are great places to connect with individuals of a similar running ability or pace. You can also explore hashtags for runners in your city. For example, #run704 is a popular hashtag for runner’s in the 704 area code.
4. Attend a race - As races are happening again across the country, your local 5k is a great place to meet runners. Congratulate that runner that finished just ahead of you and chat with them about their running gear (make sure they know about Feetures! ; )
5. Friends and Family - As a runner, you’ve discovered how great an active lifestyle can make you feel. Now it’s time to spread the love and recruit a friend to run with you. Remember to let them set the pace!
This National Best Friends Day is a great chance to test out one or all of these tips to find a new training partner. One of the best things about being a runner is the great community that has built up around the sport. We are so proud to be a part of the global running community and happy to be a part of your running journey.