Jogging is a superb way to increase health as a form of exercise. However there are both pros-and-cons for jogging with a partner as opposed to solo running. It may be a decision that varies from run-to-run, or an individual’s preference. Don’t feel that you need to run either alone with just you and your FlipBelt for company or with a jogging partner. There's room to be flexible.
Running solo has an advantage that if you are thinking about something serious, you will be able to think about how to resolve the problem as you progress in your run. This resolution of a problem can be accomplished without needing to be socially distracted by your jogging partner. It may be you are angry about an event in your life and so you run to burn of the negative energy. If you are talking to another partner as you run this anger could become internalized with no opportunity for a physical release.
Many people feel that when they run, they reach an isolated state of mind and this may be their preference. They may run according to their own beliefs, not only in their own abilities but how far to push themselves. This process may be interrupted by the presence of another runner, especially if they are not as strong a runner as their partner.
Jogging with a partner
When running with a partner you have a social aspect to your exercise. You can converse about events in both a personal and world-wide sense. Also your partner can help you pace, motivate, and push for those extra parts of the run when you naturally settle into a more relaxed speed. This has an advantage in that you will of course be healthier, and have had a stronger workout. The motivational aspect of having another runner at your side is an inspirational motivator.
By keeping pace and setting pace accordingly, the jog becomes slightly more competitive and therefore a stronger run is achieved. It may also be considered to be marginally safer to run with a partner especially in remote locations. If a runner acquires medical help having a partner on hand can ensure emergency services are alerted promptly. Jogging with a partner is an individual taste that may change from day-to-day. It is important though, that a runner chooses running partners who are at more or less the same level.
As can be seen each form of running, either alone or with a partner, has its own merits. A runner can easily switch between these two types of jogging as and when necessary. Keeping an equal partner on the run can help motivate but also distract from any problems you may want to resolve. Furthermore if the partner can’t keep pace, you may become frustrated with not being able to increase the tempo to your preferred rate. The choice really is yours. Just remember you can change your mind on the next run.