Running with a partner can motivate you, can get you out the door when you don't feel like it and can give you someone to talk to on the run. If you do run with a partner it should be someone of a similar standard, otherwise your running will be uncomfortable for both of you. You will be dependent on each other's schedules, which may make fitting in running harder. Most of us mix running alone and with friends.
Joining a club that caters for beginners can help with motivation and be a good source of advice and coaching. There are also some training groups aimed at particular races and many ad-hoc groups based on work, school and neighbourhoods. Ask around.
Last updated on May 4, 2007 by David Ardley