In Search of a New Running Partner

by - Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I mentioned in Friday's post that a good friend of mine was moving across the country, and I was pretty bummed out about it. Well that good friend also happens to be my running buddy.

Since he's lived in DC, we had fallen into a nice pattern of running about once a week or once every other week together, usually on Tuesday nights.

So last night, it felt a little weird not to be Metroing over to his part of town after work for our weekly run around the monuments.

Running the monuments at night

Since I'm not really digging this new void in my running social life, I've decided to take new applicants for the position of "Jess' Running Buddy."

To qualify one must:

  • Be able to run in the early evenings (like 5 p.m.)

  • Have a flexible schedule

  • Live in an ideal location to run around the monuments

  • Be comfortable with either running in silence or having a conversation

  • Be two parts listener, one part talker

  • Be unafraid to speak your mind on any topic (whether it be politics or telling me I'm a crazy person)

  • Be comfortable talking about the uncomfortable topics in life

  • Be able to laugh at ridiculous stuff

  • Be able to offer sound life advice

  • Be someone fun to be around

  • Not take yourself too seriously

I know it's a lot to live up to. My running buddy is leaving some big shoes to fill.

No one will be a perfect fill in for him, but I do miss the social aspect of running with a friend. So DC friends, anyone want to schedule a run for the next few weeks? It helps motivate me to get out in the cold if I have a buddy to meet!

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  1. I would love to run one afternoon. I'm out of town the next weekish, but send me a tweet after President's day and I would love to meet you downtown for a run one evening.

  2. good luck finding a new running buddy!

  3. Stephanie4:54 AM

    Hey Jess!

    I don't think I've ever commented, but I started reading a while ago and figured now is as good of a time as any! I just moved to the DC area (Courthouse) in June and have been looking to meet other runners (which you'd think would be easy with how many of them there are out here. seriously? haha). If you're serious about needing a running buddy every now and then, let me know :)

  4. I would totally run with you! I work near Dupont Circle (maybe a mile from the Mall). Tuesdays are a run night for me - let me know if/when you'd like to run!

  5. Good luck finding a new running partner! Great running partners are the best, but they are sure hard to find.

  6. Andrew7:51 AM

    I don't really fit the first requirement (although my office at the Madison Building does), but I'll throw my hat in the ring. We don't know each other too well, but I believe we have some mutual friends who'll vouch for me not being an axe murderer.

  7. Are you going to be running Cherry Blossom this year? Or Nike Women's? I hope this is the year we will finally meet!!!