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




  • 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 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.

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    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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