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Tips to Finding the Right Running Buddy for You

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You may love your weekend brunch buddies, but are they a match for your early morning jogs? Keep these tips in mind if you're shopping around for someone to sweat with -- and get ready to tick off the miles and calories, not your mood!

How to Find Your Sole Mate

Let's face it -- running is a great way to stay in shape, but there are some days when it can get pretty boring. If you've hit a plateau despite trying new territories and techniques, it might be time to add something to your workout: a running buddy.

Running with a partner can help the clock tick faster, while boosting your mile time. But not all friends make great pals to pound the pavement with. Blue Benadum, a California-based running coach, marathoner, and Lululemon brand ambassador, shares some important things to keep in mind when finding someone who's at your speed.

Define Your Level and Your Goals

Before you set off on a group trot, Benadum suggests sitting down sans buddy and figuring out what your goals are. "If you're running for the social aspect, to help you get outdoors, and to enjoy the process of the experience, you'll be looking for someone a little different than if you are training for an upcoming race," Benadum says. "In a social run, it's easy to have a variety of runners at different levels for the purpose of having a good time. But if you're looking to be pushed, identify what level runner you are, and then try to find a friend who is equal or slightly faster than you."

Luckily, you can have your cake-flavored GU packs and eat them too. There's no rule that says you can only have one running buddy! Benadum suggests finding different partners for different occasions. Ask some friends to join you for a fun run on Tuesdays and then find a friend to help push you for an intense training run on Thursdays.

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