Run for your health, social life, waistline or sanity – whatever your reason once you get out there and find your own perfect pace you’ll never look back. Having a running partner can make all the difference. It can make time fly as you chat, turn a fitness effort into quality time with friends or family and it can help motivate you to show up in the first place. If you can’t persuade a friend to run with you, look online and in local papers for running clubs. Many gyms also have groups of runners and they’ll often be happy for newcomers to join in regardless of whether or not you’re a member.