Running with someone can give you that boost to get moving. Commit to a person and a time, and agree in advance that there’ll be no backing out. Before you start, discuss pace, route and whether or not you’re sticking together, so you’re both happy.
It’s great bonding time
Running with a partner makes exercise a shared experience. Switch off and have a good chat (in breaks if not while jogging). It’s a chance to talk about your feelings and relieve tension.
In the winter months, when it gets darker earlier, running in a pair means you can look out for each other – and you’re less likely to be approached if you’re with someone else.
You’ll work harder
On solo runs, it’s easy to say to yourself: “I don’t need to do that extra kilometre”; if you exercise with another person, there is nowhere to hide. Pick a partner who is slightly faster or more experienced than you and you’ll have a ready-made running coach who will keep you striving for better form.