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Many people enjoy running on their own, as it’s a good chance to have some ‘me-time’ and clear your head after a busy day. Or it could be a good way of waking yourself up and giving you the energy for the day ahead. You can also work to your own schedule and follow a plan that works around your routine. Although some people prefer to run with others, especially beginner runners. Whether you need others with you to stay motivated, or feel safer when you have a companion by your side. Or perhaps you just enjoy the social aspect of running with a friend or partner. There are of course also plenty of ways to meet new running buddies too:
Download an App: There are lots of running Apps to choose from, and you can see when other locals are planning a run, or if you’re looking for a new running spot to discover.
How can I stay motivated if running alone?
We all know that it can sometimes be tough to do something we don’t want to do. Or maybe we do want to do it, but it’s easy to let other factors get in the way. If you want to start running, but are put off by dark cold evenings, or the thought of getting up at 5am fills you with dread, here are some tips which may help you stay motivated:
Soon enough, running will become a habit, and one you’ll feel weird if you don’t do as it becomes part of your routine. Keep it up, and enjoy all the health benefits running brings.
What are the best running apps for beginners?
There are lots of useful running apps which could help give you the tools and motivation you need to get your running shoes on. There are some free ones to download, like ASICS Runkeeper™ and Endomondo, which are great for tracking your runs, setting goals and following your progress. And Decathlon Coach, which is the only free app to fully prepare you for running a 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon and beyond. Others may have an upfront cost, or charge to unlock levels and features, but each offers something different and useful for beginner runners.
Whichever app you decide to go for, it will be like having a personal running coach in your pocket. So even if you prefer to run alone, you’ll always have your app to offer motivational support.