The Lone Runner
Running is typically thought of as a solitary endeavor but we are here to tell you that having a Runner Buddy is awesome! They get us out on dark, cold, rainy days; they push our pace or slow us when we need to hold back; they hold us accountable when the couch or bed is calling; they make many miles easier.
Plus, you finally have someone who won’t glaze over when you talk about runner stuff.
To have a great, lasting runner-buddy relationship, it’s a good idea to set some expectations and guidelines. We thought we’d give you a list of runner-buddy etiquette tips we’ve learned over the years. Please add your own thoughts in the comments!
I get a lot of questions from my athletes: what do I think of this running form technique, and what about
adding in this workout, or what type of running shoes should I wear?
These are all valid questions, but one of the more important aspects of training is much more
nebulous and not addressed as often. The mental side of training is just as important as the physical
side of training.
What do I mean by the "mental side of training?"
Our minds create background conversations that can directly affect our fitness gains and goals as
well as other parts of our lives. Let me give you some examples that may sound familiar:
When you think about signing up for an event, does your heart start to pound? When you are in
those tough moments during training or a race, does your brain panic? Do you immediately think
you can’t do THIS (whatever this is) or even quit? Do you not come to group events because you
worry you won't be able to keep up? Do you feel so nervous about a tough workout that you don’t even try?
Laird Hamilton says it well: “Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.”
My goal as a coach is to teach you to take these “rough spots” and “background conversations” and
turn them into positive tools you can use. I want to reframe them to show you that these rough spots
are valuable in and of themselves; in fact, they are an absolute necessity to help you further your
goals and get you through your goal races and events.