Most people that know me see me as a highly motivated, self-starter who leads group runs and encourages others. However, even the most highly motivated individuals can use some encouragement themselves now and then. That would be me right now. I’m seven weeks into a 16 week marathon training program and have been sick with a cold and congestion for the past eight weeks (yes, one week before training began). On top of that my baby girl has not adjusted to her toddler bed and I have yet to get a straight six hours of uninterrupted sleep for the past two months. So I’m sick and exhausted.
This leads me to the benefits of having training partners. For me right now, having training partners keeps me motivated and accountable. I don’t want to let them down or get too far behind in my training so they keep me going. There are many more benefits that I have and continue to receive from my training partners. Here is a list of my reasons to have a training buddy: