Thursday, August 21, 2014

wanted: a running buddy

Today I’m linking up with Amanda from The Lady Okie and Beka from Sunshine to the Square Inch for the Runner’s Tell All link-up. The theme for this week is “Training Routine,” which I shared in detail in this post on the FIRST training program. I competed in the Elvis Presley 5k on Saturday, and I’m using my finish time of 23:00 minutes to plan my training paces for the St. Jude Marathon on December 6. I started training this week, and it’s going to be tough but worth it! Since I already shared all about my training program, I thought I’d do something a little different for this post…

WANTED: A Running Buddy

1. Female - I have no problem with running with guys, especially when I get to run ahead of them. In fact, guys have been some of my best running partners {shout out to Dad, Nick, Brian, Coach Creamer and very, very occasionally Daniel}, but they were all close friends and family. If I’m going to be running with a semi-stranger, I’d feel way more comfortable if they were a woman. Sorry, fellas!

2. Morning Person - I like to wake up early to fit my workout in. And by early, I mean 5:00 a.m. If that makes you want to cry, then we’re probably not right for each other. My evenings are crazy and unpredictable, and I’d much rather spend that time hanging out with friends and family. You might feel the same way.

3. 7:00 - 9:00 Minute Pace - I don’t really like putting this qualification on my list, because I’m proud of anyone who laces up and hits the road no matter how fast or slow they run. It’s a huge mental battle, and just getting out there is a ginormous accomplishment. However, I am in the middle of training, and my scheduled runs have specific paces of anywhere from 7:06 to 9:11 per mile. If you couldn’t run with me, then that would kind of defeat the purpose of having a running buddy.

4. Competitive - I hesitate to put this on my list, because I’m really competitive and I could see things getting heated real quick. But I need someone to hold me accountable and push me to go harder. Someone with a no excuses, no quitting mentality. Someone who wants to kick it in as hard as they can for the last stretch.

5. High Tolerance for All Things Disgusting - I’m not a pretty girl when I work out. I don’t have matching outfits. I don’t wear makeup. And I certainly don’t spend more than two minutes on my hair. No, I sweat. A lot. Like think of the sweatiest, stinkiest boy you know then multiply that by 10. I sweat more than that. And confession time - running shakes everything up inside of me. And if I happen to be off my normal bowel schedule, things might get stinky. TMI? If you want to be my running partner, you have to be prepared for me to be real. Because running Jenny is a real as Jenny gets.

And if you somehow made it through qualifications 1-5, you get bonus points if you like to cross train and strength train. If you want to go for a bike ride or lift some weights, too, that’s just a bonus!

As you can probably tell, I haven’t had a running partner in a while. Actually, I probably have never had a consistent running buddy. Maybe I need to scale back my expectations. Or, maybe I'm just meant to be a lone runner. Either way, if you know anyone that fits all of the above {and lives near me}, please send them my way.

What is your ideal running partner like?

Sunshine to the Square Inch

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