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Tips to Finding the Right Running Buddy for You

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Pick the Right Personality

Just like in the dating world, you'll probably have better success if you seek out a running friend whose personality matches yours, rather than clashes. For example, if you have a friend who consistently bails last minute and leaves you jogging solo, you'll end up more frustrated than inspired. If this ends up being the case, be honest. Tell your friend you love spending time with them but really need someone who sticks to the schedule so you can be held accountable for logging your daily miles. She'll either step up to the plate, or bow out -- in which case you can save your quality time together for going-out nights instead.

On the flip side, a super-competitive pal can also get pretty annoying. Pick someone who is training for a similar distance you are and make sure your paces match up. If your friend doesn't have any races planned, explain to her that you'd love to have her join you to help you pace for your upcoming race. Just make sure you return the favor and do the same when it's her turn to start training for something.

 
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