0

Your Cart is Empty

FREE SHIPPING ON ALL U.S. ORDERS OVER $25

May 06, 2020 2 min read

One form of cardio I actually enjoy is running. It gets me outside, I can get a solid workout in just 30 minutes, and I get to run with friends. But what do you do when you're faster (or slower) than your running buddy?

Let's say you're the faster friend. You're not going to get much of a workout if you slow down to their pace. And they're not going to enjoy running if they're sprinting the whole time to keep up with you.

So here are a few possible solutions to your speed dilemma.

1. Run/Bike/Switch

If you have access to a bike, take turns riding it! One person rides, one runs, and then you switch. You don't have to do even distances, one person can run a mile, and the other a half-mile. It's up to you!

2. Add A Weighted Vest

Running with weighted vest. How to run with someone slower than you. Tips for slow runners.

Adding a weighted vest to the faster runner is a good way to slow them down. This allows you to run together, while making the faster person work harder! BUT I wouldn't recommend this for longer distances since the extra weight adds stress to the joints and knees.

3. Set Up An Interval Timer

Set up an interval timer for 2 minutes or so. The faster person has to do some kind of extra exercise every time the timer goes off. It could be 10 burpees, 15 air squats, or 20 jumping jacks depending on the terrain. The slower person keeps running, so the faster has to sprint to keep up.

4. The Faster One Runs First

When in doubt, tire yourself out! Have the faster person go for a run first so they're tired when your run together starts. For example, there's a park about 2 miles from my house. I'll run there while my girlfriend drives. She stretches and warms up before I get there, and my 2 mile run tires me out a bit. That way when we run together, I can go her pace.

5. Give Them A Head Start

Partner running. Tips for runners with different paces.

If you have a predetermined finish line, give the slower person a head start. Let's say it's a 2-mile loop; you run 8-minute miles, and they run 10-minute miles. Give them a 4 minute head start, so theoretically you should be finishing the loop at the same time. It's a fun way to "race" each other!

6. Communicate The Plan

Running with slower person. How to run with someone faster than you. Couple running together.

Figure out your game plan before the run starts. That way you're both on the same page, and nobody's feelings get hurt. You could be running backward to tire yourself out and make it harder, but the slower person could interpret that as you showing off.

Remember, we're here to get fit and have fun. Every workout doesn't have to be an all-out effort, sometimes it's nice to slow down and just enjoy each others company on a lovely run.

Happy running, and don't forget to look both ways before crossing the street!

Nick Flint
Nick Flint


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Pure Cut News

Pros and Cons of Fasted Cardio - Should You Do It?
Pros and Cons of Fasted Cardio - Should You Do It?

July 28, 2020 2 min read

There is a lot of debate on whether or not you should be doing fasted cardio. So we looked at the science behind both theories to see what the experts say.
Read More
How To Properly Max Out On Squats - 1 Rep Max
How To Properly Max Out On Squats - 1 Rep Max

July 22, 2020 7 min read

Properly warming up before a max attempt can be the difference of you hitting a new PR or failing the rep. Here's our guide to the proper steps to take leading up to a 1 rep max attempt.
Read More
Why Do People Take Supplements
Why Do People Take Supplements

June 22, 2020 5 min read

What are the most popular categories of supplements, and why do people take them? Here's a breakdown of the various options to help you get the best results from your diet & workout routine.
Read More

Subscribe