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Thanks so much for all your suggestions on how I can find a new running buddy! I loved the ideas. I set off on my search to find a buddy this past weekend (more details if anything actually pans out). Fingers crossed!


My current buddy isn’t very good at running…


Here’s a summary of your tips for locating running buddies.





  • Shelly said, “What worked for me was whenever I met new people, I’d mention that I was a runner and looking for people to run with. (For some reason, running comes up pretty regularly in conversations I have anyway so it wasn’t especially awkward.) And now I have three girls I run with! It took a while but just realize you’re not the only person looking for a workout buddy.  Oh and if you see a lady running near you, ask if she’s running the next race you’re running.”



  • Amy at 132run chats up women at races – she’s made several running buddy friends that way!


  • A few readers suggested contacting my local running store and asking if they do weekly runs.


  • Leslie suggested signing up for a run clinic or tri clinic at my gym.  “I met a running buddy at a running clinic at my gym and we continued to run after the clinic was over,” she commented.


  • Axel married his last running buddy. Smile <3


  • Leah had a fun story of how she handed a note to a woman that she ran by every day.  The note had her email on it, and basically said, “I’m not hitting on you; do you want to be friends?“ (LOL!); the other runner emailed Leah later and now they are best friends!


  • Tina suggested that I use this pick-up line:

call me maybe




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  • Amanda @ life in bloom October 9, 2012, 8:02 pm

    Wow, those are actually really great ideas! I’m glad you did a follow up, I may need to steal some :))

  • Susanne October 9, 2012, 8:20 pm

    I must admit I didn’t read through the comments on your previous post so I’m not sure if ts has been suggested, but have you considered joining Charlotte Running Club? Check out http://www.charlotterunningclub.org/ for more info. There are also Facebook groups by pace (“dawdling gazelles” is for those who like to take their time :) ) anyway, just a thought. And you could always post for your readers to join you for runs (maybe a weekend meetup run for those in Charlotte.). Happy running!

    • Caitlin October 9, 2012, 8:22 pm


  • Ari @ Ari's Menu October 9, 2012, 8:22 pm

    I would definitely go with the last one ;)

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human October 9, 2012, 8:32 pm

    I love that pickup line! Definitely try that :)

  • Jen October 9, 2012, 8:57 pm

    I vote for the Carly Rae Jepson method, lol – that would be so funny (and I bet it would work!) Good thing your current “running buddy” is cute to make up for his less than stellar running skills :)

  • Alex October 9, 2012, 8:58 pm

    What ones did you do? :)
    I am too scared to join a running club or anything because I’m super slow, haha but I have a friend who runs who is moving back in with me next year so I’m just holding out til then!

  • luv what you do October 9, 2012, 9:19 pm

    Tina’s suggestion has me cracking up! A friend and I were down cheering on the runners during the Chicago marathon this weekend. She is single and tons of hot guys went running by so I suggested she making business cards to pass out : ) I also told another friend, who was running that she should make a tshirt with the back reading…

    “If you can read this, then you’re future girlfriend is beating you”

    Ha ha!

  • Kristin October 9, 2012, 9:49 pm

    i soo wish I could run with you!! If you ever move back to FL let me know! :) haha

  • Anna D October 9, 2012, 11:19 pm

    “MWF Seeks BFF, which is all about how to pickup friends when you’re an adult – she says it’s really funny!”

    It’s actually AMAZING. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll realize that you should ALWAYS talk to random people….

  • Emma October 10, 2012, 12:07 am

    Caitlin! We should run together I live in Charlotte and have a 19 week old little boy! Let me know if you are interested :)

  • Leslie October 10, 2012, 12:13 am

    Henry is precious! Love a baby in a hat.

  • Janet October 10, 2012, 12:16 am

    I don’t mean to spam but this is for a good cause. This week is mental health awearness week and my good friend of mine produced this video in honor of a friend who suffered from OCD: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=xDJGSHF6hJk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DxDJGSHF6hJk

    If you could please watch it and spread the word that would be amazing. My friends and I are trying hard to get the word out and a tweet or shout out from the healthy living community would mean a lot.

    Thank you :)

  • Katie October 10, 2012, 12:41 am

    Love the ideas! And hey that cute little guy could be your running buddy too! My friend is training for the NYC marathon and does her runs with her 3 month old! She does have a lot more “gear” to bring on longer runs now though!

  • Army Amy* October 10, 2012, 2:57 am

    These are cute! I’d love to find a new running buddy, but I just moved to a rural area in Germany, and the running scene is nothing here like it was back in Texas. No running clubs, no running stores, no races near me. I know there have to be runners around here somewhere, but I have yet to see any.*

  • Liza October 10, 2012, 6:11 am

    I am for the Carley Rae Jepson technique :) But the story of Leah made me laugh. I hope you will find your running buddy soon.

  • Haley October 10, 2012, 10:04 am

    My favorite is the note passing – I’m about to move to a new city (Charlotte, actually!) in January, so I’m tucking these away!

    • Caitlin October 10, 2012, 10:07 am

      Fun! Do you know where you are going to live?

      • Haley October 10, 2012, 12:45 pm

        Not yet – I’m making a trip in two weeks to do some scouting…so excited! Any apt/neighborhood recommendations? My job is just north of Charlotte, but I don’t mind a little commute.

  • Megan October 10, 2012, 10:25 am

    LOL Love the pick up line!! Do it! :)

  • Alyssa October 10, 2012, 11:24 am

    I didn’t read the original post so I guess I missed it….what’s wrong with running alone?

    • Caitlin October 10, 2012, 11:43 am

      Nothing! Just hard to get motivated.

  • Corrie Anne October 10, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Hahahahahhahahahha. I love that note idea!!!!!!

  • Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset October 10, 2012, 12:20 pm

    Oh…Call me maybe. So versatile ;)

  • Nina October 10, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Great suggestions! I totally understand your problems with getting motivated when running alone. I always tend to delay runs to later when I am not running with someone else. I don’t have any suggestions, but good luck finding a running buddy!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 10, 2012, 4:17 pm

    Omg Leah and Tina’s suggestions are too funny! Love it. And I agree…making friend as an adult is HARD. You’re so friendly and easygoing, I’m sure you’ll have a running buddy in no time, but yes, sometimes it does take a little trial and error to find someone you click with!

  • AD October 10, 2012, 5:00 pm

    Random question- what carrier is baby Henry in in that first pic? I’m looking for a carrier that faces outwards! Thanks!

    • Caitlin October 10, 2012, 5:51 pm

      Infantio GoGo rider!

  • Jessica October 10, 2012, 6:33 pm

    Not sure if it’s been mentioned before, but it’s bad for baby’s hips/spine to face outward in a carrier. I know it’s typically the easiest/most fun way for the baby, but it’s not recommended.

    • Caitlin October 11, 2012, 9:21 am

      Henry won’t let me carry him facing me. No other options!

  • Lauren @ SassyMolassy October 11, 2012, 12:28 am

    Ha. These are some good ones! The manfriend and I actually met at our local running group when he showed up to “find a lady friend.” After we started dating, he went back to cycling predominantly and 3.5 yrs later, we’re engaged!


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