“If someone would just make me do it, then I would do it!”

Does this sound familiar? Our personal discipline can sometimes be easily thrown out the window. We find ourselves blaming everything other then ourselves for not getting the job done.  I’m sure many of you can relate when it comes to training for a running race.

Running with a friend or training partner can be a key advantage in having a successful race. There is nothing more regrettable then running a race knowing you could have trained better. So when you make plans to meet for a weekend run, do a track work together or just check in after a long run in two separate cities it holds you accountable.

Find a friend or link up with another runner that runs roughly the same speed as you. If you don’t have someone in mind, the best way to find that person is to start attending local runs produced by clubs or specialty running stores. It may take a few weeks to meet the right person, but be consistent. Another idea would be to join a race-training clinic.  Running stores and clubs will help keep you on track with weekly runs and providing programs for particular distances like half marathons and marathons. No matter how specialized your training program is, if it’s not acted upon, then it is essentially worthless.

This is one major reason we love the “team” aspect of our relay races. Not only do you participate in our Cascade Relay events with your friends, but you can also train together in the months leading up to the event.  If you are a social animal, like our Race Director Scott Douglass , organizing training events that conclude with brunch or coffee …or beer, will keep you running together all year and accountable to your training plan.

Organizing your team training early is key. Start with building a base and then begin to add in speed work, hills and distance throughout the months. Having the journey alongside a teammate is even more rewarding at the finish line.

Train as a team, race as a team, be held accountable.