A Friend is the Best Form of Workout Motivation

My alarm went off at 5:45 a.m. this morning.

It was still pitch black outside, and my room was freezing cold.

My first instinct? Turn off the alarm. Screw running.

And then I remembered: I have friends to meet!


So I dragged myself out of bed, laced up my shoes, ate a piece of toast with almond butter and jam, and headed out into the cold dark morning to meet the girls.

I LOVE having running buddies. Not only do I run faster and longer (and am more apt to power through hills) when I run with others, I also have more fun! :)


It was CHILLY this morning (the photo above is from August), but once the 4 of us warmed up it felt great. I actually would way rather run in cold weather than hot weather, but getting out the door is the hardest part, especially when it’s dark out still. How about you? Are you a warm or cold weather runner?

We had a wonderful run full of chatting and watching the sun rise — 4.45 miles in 40:11 minutes, for an average pace of 9:01. I’m so glad I finally have my new running shoes — it’s making such a difference!

Here’s Mr. Garmin with our run recap (the best training buddy of all!): 


Our recent running route has us going up a massively long gradual hill — while it doesn’t feel awesome at the time it sure is great training! Training for what, you ask, since I don’t have any races coming up? Well, training for life, of course! :) You can’t just give up when things get hard and running up hills is a great way to prove to yourself that you can power through if you put your mind to it!


  • Mile 1: 9:04 (warming up our cold muscles!)
  • Mile 2: 9:19 (this ENTIRE mile is the huge hill. It goes on forever!)
  • Mile 3: 9:18 (the hill continues and ends with a super steep part!)
  • Mile 4: 8:38 (sweet downhill)
  • 0.45 nubbin: 8:35 pace (yay! more downhill and feeling good)

A great run with great friends. Part of the run takes us down Franklin Street past campus — it’s so quiet that early in the morning!


Today is my day off, so I’m off to get some schoolwork done and then I’m headed to Raleigh later today to shadow an RD for one of my classes! I’m actually really excited — I think it will be so interesting to sit in on a “real life” diet counseling session. The RD I’m going to observe does a lot of sports nutrition, so it should be cool! I’ll let you guys know how it goes :)

Ta-ta for now, friends! Do you work out or run with a friend, or do you prefer to exercise solo?


  1. 1

    I have no running buddies since I moved. :( I really need to find some!!!

  2. 2

    I have been having trouble getting up in the mornings but I bet if I had a friend to run with it would be easier.., I need to get some friends in Hoboken who run :-)

  3. 3

    I prefer going with friends but I don’t mind going solo. In fact, I’m heading out today to do some solo hill repeats on Capitol Hill.

  4. 4

    I love your fortitude Anne. I go to the senior center, which is open to all age groups. There is a good mix of ages in my K-bell class and my Zumba class, even people in your age group. If you had told me a year ago I would be doing this I would have laughed myself silly. I have lost 26 pounds due to exercise and diet and I am just pleased as punch with myself. And your blog is what got me motivated. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

  5. 6

    I have been having the hardest time getting up for AM workouts lately. I bet if I scheduled a morning workout date I’d have such an easier time!!

  6. 7

    I prefer to workout with friends but I’m usually solo for all my workouts, boo!

  7. 8

    so excited to have friends at home to workout with! i have been going at it alone for two years now and its so lonely!

  8. 9

    I usually do solo, but friends are great when I feel like I’m stuck in a rut!

  9. 10

    I usually run solo, but this is why I need to run with others! I know it will help my pace and challenge me and I’m sure you never get bored!

    Looks like a beautiful place to run!

  10. 11

    Running buddies (or any workout buddy at all) are definitely an awesome thing to have. Thankfully one of my besties will be moving to Chicago soon and I will have one. :)

  11. 12

    If I had friends as into fitness as I am then I would love working out with a friend! Unfortunately that’s not the case so I usually do solo workouts. Although in the gym and in classes I still feel the motivation from others.

    Glad you had such a great one this morning!

  12. 13

    I’m with you on the cold weather. I only run outside from Nov to March/April for that reason! Otherwise I am hot and blah…

  13. 14

    I wish I had friends to run with :-( But for now, the gym treadmill is my BFF. And I’m glad you’re enjoying your food science classes – as a food sci teacher, I’m always trying to lure nutrition majors over to the other side :-)

  14. 15

    I like running in the cold vs hot too. I don’t run with anyone tho… none of my friends run like I do :(

  15. 16

    I love running with friends. Everything with friends makes it so much better. :) Enjoy your off day.

  16. 17

    I am an all weather runner, but think the best running weather is fall in New England. Looove it! ;)

    I agree that meeting running buddies is a great motivation to get moving for those early morning runs and I wish I had them. The running club in my area has all evening meet ups, which does not work for me so I don’t get to do group runs as often as I would like.

  17. 18

    How did you do on your test yesterday or was it Monday

  18. 20

    Cool weather, with friends, and nice scenery — those are the qualities of a good run! And you had all of them this morning!

    Hope the shadowing of the RD is fun…

  19. 21

    I usually run with my hubby (even tho he’s faster, we start and end at the same place). For me it would be too lonely to do those long runs without a buddy. I love running with my hubby but my best running buddy EVER is my dog. Her name is…. Sneakers (yup, she aptly named cause she is the BEST running buddy ever.)

  20. 23

    Looks like such a pretty run! I usually work out solo because I like to use the time to be alone with my thoughts and decompress, but running with a buddy (the number of times I’ve done it) definitely makes me work harder!

  21. 25

    I am totally a warmer weather runner. However, this morning I ran 9 miles at a 9 min avg pace…with that being said I run better in the colder weather. lol

  22. 26

    What a pretty run indeed!!! So tranquil :)

  23. 27

    You’ve got my vote if I could just make the food blog take my name…sorry- hope you make it to the next level.

  24. 28
    Adventurer says

    There’s nothing like running with friends on a nice path or trail — even at 6 in the morning!

  25. 29

    I enjoy mixing up my running.

    Sometimes it is great to run with a friend but then there are those days you just need to run by yourself. Everything is always better all mixed up

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