Running can be quite a toil if done alone while this may not be true for some runners though but when you are just starting, having a running companion can give you the (un)solicited boost especially if you need to train for races.
While running companions ain't too needed among men, it is quite necessary for women especially if trainings are done outside safe zones, like road or trails.
I was once lucky that my husband used to join me in my training especially if training would start as early as 12 midnight or 2am where streets are dark and elements can be quite unpredictable.
|running with kid on one of my trainings|
It is then important that women should join running clubs or at least run with partners or friends for safety. In the absence of my husband, I am more than fortunate that my friends join me in my insanity for running. My swimming coach Louie Restauro who once weighed 120+kg is now aiming for 80+kg from regular runs with or without me. My running friends normally join me in 2 - 4 training I have every week.
|my running coach and swimming coach on trail buddy run landing in Top 10 teams|
If I have to run alone, normally, I simply traverse the running tracks of a local mall where other runners swarm the space. But, when I have to go further than 5km, running the road around 6AM is safer when the day is much clearer already.
|More than 100+ runners, family and friends, joined the Team Matutum Trail Buddy Run|
photo credit: Jong Co
|an uphill can be too much, a buddy runner's push is warranted and lovely sight to see|
photo credit: Theresa Ramirez
While in some occasions, buddies may be not of help, the blabbering of complaints for instance or the regular waiting, but needless to say, training or running companions do matter.
|the delight of finishing a race with your spouse; partner couples in running and triathlon|
photo credit: Theresa Ramirez
I have seen spouses like Gelyn and Joselito Ninofranco who have become aces in Triathlon and Running and who compete together and training sessions become bonding sessions. When your spouse shares your passion, she / he can understand better the need for training time. In fact, one serves as a boost before and during races.
|Kuya Destry and Maam Gina, one of the couples I quite admire for their support and care for one another|
Buddies may be your sibling or parents or children as in the case of a running orthopaedic doctor, Rizaldy Nolasco and his son, lawyer families Atty Josemar and Atty Elvie Albano, drinking comrades Badok, Norman, Team NCDON and the Braveheats or Body Kinetix event organizer Jong Co with his lovely daughters competing in run and triathlon races. I could name names of running families, team, friends more than my fingers and toes combined and I could only be more delighted to see them all on the road or trail running and having fun together.
|father and son and running comrades on a trail race|
So, when getting up seems impossible to do to hit the road and run, contact your best buddy or drag your partner off the bed and just run.