I have just started getting back in stride with my running (pun intended). And what I have found is that I do sooo much better when I run with a partner. I don’t know if he is motivating me or I feel I am motivating him, but whatever it is – man, the difference is amazing.
We are running as part of our 90 day challenge. We have challenged ourselves to get in shape now. Let me say better shape as we are not happy with our current shape as it is a little to round in the wrong places. We signed up to run a 5k in November called Hot Chocolate which we ran in last year.
So my first day out running I feel great, energized. When I see my partner is lagging behind a bit, in my mind I am saying “gotta be his motivation” (shout out to Kelly Rowland). Even though I am not saying anything out loud my actions are acting out the words of her song “..yeah, You can’t stop there..baby imma be your motivation” keeping up the pace.
In the instances when I start feeling little tired as it’s been a while since I’ve run outside I still don’t stop. I think the competitor in me came out. I will not be bested. I will not stop before the end! Win win win. I had so much energy at the end I thought maybe I’m not as out out of shape as I thought.
Next time out, I run by myself. It was the opposite experience. I spent the entire time talking myself out of stopping. It was weird. It was so strange because I knew there was no reason to stop. Nevertheless, endless thought crossed my mind like why was even doing this and what was the raison d’etre (reason for being). Although I did not stop, it was tough run and I was not looking forward to the next one.
Today we ran together and even though we each have on our headphones there is something about the supportive energy that keeps you moving. It’s something I feed off of. I do realize that I will need to be able to motivate myself, but for now it’s nice to have a partner that can support me.
I found an interesting article at Active.com called 8 Reasons to Run With a Partner. It outlines some other reasons to run with a partner. If you don’t have a partner you may want to join your local running club.
Ultimately, you want to get moving whether by yourself or with a partner.
Enjoy and Be Healthy!