19 Ways To Trick Your Friends Into Running With You

I don't have a lot of time to see my friends. Between working long hours, training for marathons and trying to find time to sleep, "spare time" isn't something I have much of. It's so much easier to see my friends when they're running with me! With some practice, I've mastered the art of tricking my friends into becoming runners because it's so much more fun to run with your friends! Here are some of my foolproof tips to get your friends to run with you:

1. Bribe Them.


Massages, treats, money. Do whatever it takes.

2. Make A Bet.

Nothing like a little friendly competition to light a fire under someone's behind.

3. Trick Them.


"Let's go to spin! Just kidding! We're running LET'S GO!"

4. Set Them Up With Your Runner Friends.

Find you love

It's no lie that runners are almost always incredibly foxy. Go join a running group and set all your single lady or man friends up with your foxy runner friends. Everyone wins.

5. Kidnap Them.

run for your life

Nothing like a little adrenaline to get them in the mood to run for their life.

6. Take Them Shopping Only For Cute Running Clothes.


"Look at these pants! AND THESE PANTS! AND THESE SHOES! AND THIS SPORTS BRA! Now let's go run home!"

7. Lie and Say You're Going To Yoga And Give Their Mat To A Homeless Person.

i lied


8. Sign Them Up For A Race.

yeah i did

"I signed you up for a Half Marathon and I told your entire family and friends you're doing it! Let's get training!"

9. Say Really Nice Things To Them When You Run.

nice things to me

Who doesn't like it when someone says nice things to them?

10. Meetup At The Wrong Place Then Tell Them It's Really Important You Are On Time And Make Them Run There With You.

hate this

They'll either A-realize they are really out of shape and will trick themselves into wanting to start running or B-They will hate you. Either way, you will get them to run.

11. Distract Them.

dance now

Becoming a runner sucks. Distract them from the fact that their body is rejecting them!

12. Talk Running UP!


Not that you don't do this already, but make running sound AMAZING. Bring your running friends around and only talk about how much fun you have running.

13. Make The Distance Vague.

where are we

Let's just run that way...and then keep going. Oh it's just a little further...just over there. Oh wait! Are you in the mood for (insert food place that is at least 1-3 miles away)? Let's run there!"

14. Dangle A Cupcake In Front Of Them.


Works every time.

15. Have An Intervention.


"We're all here because we care."

16. Buy Them Drinks Afterwards.


Post run drinks are always a good motivator.

17. Pay Someone To Dress Up Like A Zombie and Chase Them.


This is foolproof.

18. Make It Fun.

It's hard to hate something that is buckets of fun!

19. And If All Else Fails, Get Them On A Bike and/or Skateboard.

Sammy On A Bike

At least they're hanging out with you...

What are some of your favorite ways to trick your non-running friends into running? Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.


Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.