My friends at Brooks recently sent me a pair of their new running capris and (this is so cool) they sent the same pair to my running buddy, Kerrie! Isn’t that nice? (Brooks also sent us this tank top, so we’re super matchy-matchy.) Both of us really love these Infiniti Capri III. Of course, the funky pattern is fun and eye-catching, but they seriously fit SO WELL. They have a thick waistband, which is both comfy and flattering, and there’s a colorful drawstring and sticky stuff (sorry, I don’t know the technical name) on the inside at the inside bottom of each leg, so you don’t have to worry about them falling down or riding up while you work out. They are awesome. I highly recommend them.
With Spring and running OUTSIDE just around the corner (it’s so close, I can taste it), here are some fun things to do with your running buddy!
Move your next run to the track – Track workouts are the best. Kerrie and I have done quite a few of them together over the years. She’s fast and I have a good endurance, so the combo really helps us push one another. Plus, track workouts are never boring. You can do all sorts of great interval workouts that really challenge you and, honestly, they kick your butt if you do them right!
Take turns telling each other a funny story – Did something crazy happen on Spring break back in college? Did you do something ridiculously embarrassing on a first date? Tell your buddy all of the hilarious details on your next run! Side note: The only reason I finished the New York City Marathon was because Theodora entertained me with stories for almost the entire second half of the race. I didn’t want to miss anything, so I just kept running along despite how much my body hurt.
Explore a new neighborhood or running path – Hop in your car and drive somewhere new to run. Hey, make a day of it! Explore via running. I love doing this when I visit a new city, so it’s definitely something you could do closer to home too!
Compete against each other in a running workout – Oh, how I love a little friendly competition. It always makes me work harder, which, of course, helps me become a better athlete. Mixing running with high-intensity, CrossFit-style workouts are truly my favorite way to stay fit, and they are a lot of fun to do with a workout buddy since you can really challenge one another. Check out some of these running workouts for some ideas: Run Burpee Run, 99, Mac & Cheese, Full Monty, Fueled By Granola, Hawk.
Create a stroller workout to do together (ok, this one is for the moms and dads) – Before the snow hit, Kerrie and I used to run a couple of times a week with Quinn in the jogging stroller. We’d take turns pushing him, so it was basically like an interval workout. I definitely want to do more of this once the snow melts. Running with a stroller + intervals = SUCH A GOOD WORKOUT! Here are a couple of stroller workouts that are really fun!
Run to food or another treat – This one is great when you’re out for a long run. I always think about what I’m going to eat or drink after a long run, so planning a little something with your buddy afterward is a great way to celebrate your hard work. Some favorites: brunch, Marylou’s iced coffee, fro-yo, and beers!
Questions of the Day
Who is your running buddy?
What’s your favorite fun thing to do with your running buddy?