More snow, another day off from class! Snow struck again yesterday after last week’s storms, which meant a late night of snowball fights and falling into bed at 3:30 am.
Before I went to bed, I made plans with my running buds to meet up in the morning to do stairs or run if the weather was good enough. Of course, I assumed we’d be doing stairs, because with 8-12 inches of snow, there’s no way we’d be running, right?
I should’ve known better. My friends weren’t letting me off that easy! We did 6.5 miles in the snow and it was absolutely beautiful. Just slushy, and not too icy or slippery.
It got me thinking about how awesome it is to have running friends/workout buddies. Without them, I probably wouldn’t have braved the streets…or if I had, I definitely wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. Stepping in freezing mud puddles is a whole lot more fun when you have other people to shriek about it with you.
On normal running days, they push me to run longer and faster than I would on my own. They break up the monotony of working out by myself. And when my alarm goes off early before class, thank goodness they’re waiting on me, because it’d be easy to just go back to sleep.We always joke that running’s cheaper than therapy. Running alone is therapeutic, a way to clear your head, a time to regain calmness in your life.
But running with friends is also therapeutic in a whole different way. We talk about our struggles, our dreams, our exciting news, our bad days…as well as silly things like thoughts on man buns, latest food cravings, dating news, etc.
No other obligations, no phones out, no schoolwork worries, no distractions– just 60 (or so) uninterrupted minutes to talk about life.
I’d encourage everyone to get a workout buddy or two, partially for accountability, but mostly just for FUN. It’s unbelievable how close you become when you’re sweating it out together (or freezing your booties off together) every day, or a couple times per week.
I know some people are intimidated by working out with others, but a good workout buddy will be happy to slow down or speed up for you & take breaks when you need to. Plus, who couldn’t use some free therapy?
And on a side note, I’m psyched to see one of my best running girls this weekend! She’s coming up to Chapel Hill to stay with me and I can’t wait.
Hope you stay warm and safe today!
Questions for you:
What kinds of things do you talk about when you work out with other people?
Do you prefer working by yourself or with other people?
I like doing both, but I like running with other people maybe 3/4 of of the time and running by myself on the other days.
Have you made snow cream? I never have, but I may have to change that this snow week!