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Who in your life is your ability partner? They can be as key to a successful fitness or nutrition program as a good meal plan and pair of running shoes. I have met so many great women over the past year who have shown how female friendship can help to push and challenge one another towards our fitness goals.


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Everyone knows that running consistently is good for you. That fitness of any kind brings a sense of achievement and fulfilment, active and weight-goal benefits and happiness. And it reduces your risk of injury too. Your running goals may be as simple to get out the front door and smile as you run.

5 steps to succeed with an ability partner

Of course, you do have good intentions! But what is it that they say about good intentions? Starting running, like diets and new hobbies, is often easy in the beginning. You are excited to try something new, you add the workouts to your schedule and you get out the door once or twice.

And feel ready to finally make it work.

You are determined to make this work, even if in the past you gave up after a few days or a week or even a few weeks. Motivation is great in the early days.

The problem though is motivation. Motivation is fickle; it comes and goes like the weather. Discipline will get you past the loss of excitement, new found boredom, unfortunate injury and those moments when life overrides your good intentions. You need to keep pushing yourself and finding the discipline to continue, to become consistent. Running with a friend or colleague is almost always better than alone.

Not only does it make it more enjoyable, but you have someone to keep you able… which means disciplined!

That will certainly dampen their mood. Maybe but then they will give you a lecture in turn about how important it is to run regularly. We inspire each other!

Yes, dogs make great running buddies. And like you, with the right training program, some breeds can run long distances, which makes them the perfect partners for running. The trick to buddying up is to choose the right person who you want involved in your training program.

Finding your motivation: buddy up

First of all, it is absolutely essential that you can count on your running buddy. Select someone who has a similar attitude about their running and training program. You also want to think about their goals and your goals, getting down to specifics. Come up with a plan where you will meet up at the same time and day each week. Make sure your goals, from the frequency of workouts, to the longevity of your buddying up are all the same on both ends, that way you benefit mutually. And lastly, it is also really important to consider what types of programs you will be doing, not just now, but in the near future.

Are you both covering similar distances, are you both aiming for a marathon?

If your goal is a marathon distance and their goal is to achieve a 5km fun run distance then you might find yourselves struggling to run together. There may be times when one or both of you find that your running routine is changing and not necessarily together, but for now, at least consider this when choosing a good ability partner.

Parkrun is a great, free 5km run or walk option. This link le to the Australian parkrun website but parkrun is global so be sure to check out Google for your local parkrun events. Participants range from children to the elderly and everyone in between!

And you can expect anywhere from 30 to participants, depending on the event. Also, many cities have running groups. I was a member of South Pine Striders although there are certainly plenty of other running groups to pick from around my area.

Or whether your dreams are big or little. Find your motivation and become disciplined in your running routine with this free 5 Day Running Challenge eBook.

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No more setting running goals and not following through to success! Includes 8 running tips, activity worksheets and a no-excuses plan to help you set and achieve your running goals. Grab this free eBook now! The next post in this series will focus on gradually building up your work out rather than going out hard and fast. So if you want to stay disciplined and in turn, motivated up to the Days of Running newsletter.

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Before we dive into where an ability partner could be beneficial, you should know just how powerful they are.