Having someone to talk to about your training reinforces what you achieve, Kriss explains, It also keeps it interesting and makes you feel “accountable.”
When you first start running, you should run at conversational pace, so having a friend to chat to whist running will help you to maintain a steady level of effort.
You’ll probably train harder with a bit of friendly competition too. “For example it’s 6.30 am. It’s dark. It’s cold. Do you want to go running?” At this point, without a buddy, it’s easy to back out. If you have someone else making the effort, you’re more likely to put in the effort needed to get yourself going, for them.