Teaming up with a buddy
Teaming up with a buddy

So you've finally decided to bite the bullet and take on the 14km run at the HBF Run for a Reason this month.

But regardless of whether it's the first time you've trained for a fun run event, there's a chance you've already pulled a few oft-heard excuses - "I'll run later" or "It's too cold/hot" or even "I've had a long day, I'm exhausted."

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So rather than feel overcome with guilt because you've not been hitting the pavement as often as you'd like, having a running comrade - whether a friend, colleague, partner or family member - can help give you that extra motivational push.

"Boredom can start to play a role when you've been doing anything for a while and it's just as much a mental game as it is a physical one," Conan Fitness trainer Luke Dimasi said.

"So having someone break up the monotony with you, give you someone to talk to or to challenge yourself against is great for not only keeping up the consistency but also keeping you striving to better yourself, as opposed to simple maintenance."

Even if you were a regular runner looking to improve on your overall fitness and pace, Mr Dimasi said teaming up with someone on a similar or slightly higher fitness level was beneficial.

"When you have someone who is just as motivated as you, or even fitter than you, then it's like having a goal/target to keep up with, producing much more motivation to stretch yourself than training on your own, like a coach beside you the whole way," he said.

That said, Mr Dimasi believed partnering up meant you were more likely to stick to your weekly runs, which in turn would deliver a better end result.

"I've always believed that consistency is better than brilliance and so anything that keeps training regularity up is a winner from a results perspective," he said.

"Training with a partner is one of the best ways to promote consistency and always has been. People who train together are much more likely to stick with it.

"By saying you'll train with a partner or small party it socially commits you, it gives you that extra bit of accountability to turn up, where as planning only with yourself, it might be too easy to pull out."


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