I’ve pretty much always been a solo runner. I didn’t listen to music. I’d just enjoy the solitude and listen to my own breathing. The only person I ran with was my dad. Running with him has always been my favorite kind of running, but I never really had any urge to run with anyone else.
This spring one of my friends joined me for part of my long runs. That was pretty cool. Then I ran a race with a friend and, since I wasn’t actually “racing” it, I enjoyed chatting during the run. This fall I ran a half marathon with an online friend and had a blast.
Now I’ve started running once a week with someone and hope to add another day a week with another friend. And I’m loving it, which surprised me. Today I finally figured out what has changed.
Before kids and during the early years with kids, I used running as a stress release. I needed it to survive the sensory overload that was my life. Now, the kids are in school for significant chunks of the day and we are no longer meeting up with friends on a regular basis. Suddenly, I’m running by myself, working at home by myself, running errands by myself… The extrovert in me has been begging for an outlet. And once again, running has saved the day, this time by providing a social outlet.
(I will, however, continue to do my speed work by myself. There’s something about running near “puke speed” that doesn’t scream “share with friends” LOL.)
So, who wants to come visit and go for a run?