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The More (Feet) - The Merrier!

A week ago, I joined Art for a 9 mile run.   Alone a 9 mile run would have been close to torture for me because my mileage hasn't increased as planned so it was a pretty big leap.   And I was sick...and tired....and too busy...and blah, blah, blah....all my usual excuses when I need to run a distance that is harder than usual and running by myself.

Dscn1776_2But with a friend, nine miles was just enough time to get caught up, learn a few new things (can't wait to read the book he mentioned!), and also get in a great run.  Close to the end, Art remarked something like, "Just like two heads are better than one.  Four feet are better than two."  I must agree.  Time flies and miles pass quickly when you are having fun.  Running is fun(ner) with friends!

This isn't any new concept in running - but it is new for me.  I ran alone for most of my first 12 years.  Running partners were hard to find, schedules were tough to coordinate and I was nervous about showing off my lack of speed to anyone else.  In the last year, through this blog and now through our online community, Runners Lounge, I have found my running missed out all those years.   If I had found a good running partner years ago, I wonder what more I may have accomplished with my running.   

This weekend, Tom and I were in Chicago for the Expo for the Shamrock Shuffle.  30,000 runners ready to run a great 8K to kick off the racing season.  And the most common thing we found is that most were running with a friend, had been talked into it by a friend or told the friend to register.   Friends help friends run races!

If you have a run or race coming up and you feel dread, worry, concern creeping in - grab a friend.  Find a running partner to run with.   You will be amazed how easy the run becomes.

And if you can't find anyone in your physical area, find a friend in the LoungSearch_profilese.   Go to Connect  with Runners and Search Profiles.   You can search by age, gender, location, favorite runs, if they have a blog, years running or when they joined.   Stop by and say hi to a few Loungers and see what you have in common.

Another way to connect with runners is through the Lounge Groups.  Lounge Groups are created by other Loungers to talk about upcoming races, shared interests, or running challenges.   A few of the Groups that have recently been added and need some members include:

The greatest thing about running is the running community.  I hope you find a chance this week to enjoy the company of another runner.

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Nitmos

Running is the perfect sport in that you can share it with others as much or as little as you desire. In fact, I started running because it was becoming simply too hard to scare up enough people to play basketball or baseball. Everyone's schedule is indeed different.

Nancy

Art TOTALLY got me through our 10k race this weekend. YEAH FOR ART. I love that, four feet are better than two!! Running with a friend truly IS different. So many times you've gotten me out when I wouldn't have run and kept me going when I wanted to stop. Wish we would have met sooner!!

YEAH FOR FRIENDS WHO RUN!!

Jamie

Oh man you two were in Chicago? If I had known I would have gone down to NP to visit!

I often run by myself and am just starting to find others to run with. It makes it just that much more fun when you have someone there with you.

Art Dinkin

Aww Nancy, your making me blush. YOU helped ME really practice negative splits which has been very tough for me. Thank YOU! :)

The great thing about running is you can run by yourself or with someone else. Some days, I just want to do my own thing. Other days, I love the company. Neither is better. Both are great.

Oferte Aer

I am glad that they succeeded in this and I am sure that in a short while the things will certainly be different in this area.

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