Do you prefer to log your miles alone, with only your music or your thoughts for company? Or do you have trouble getting off the couch if you don’t have a buddy waiting for you? Or are you somewhere in between?
Today for Tuesdays on the Run, I’m joining my buddies April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere and Patty from My No Guilt Life to chat about when I want to be with friends and when I want to be running solo.
Given that I belong to two different Moms Run This Town groups and have a lot of other friends that run, I could probably arrange it so that I would never have to run by myself. Yet, I run probably more than 70% of my runs by myself. I do this for 3 reasons: I don’t like to drive to run, I need to get into my own head if I’m running long, and I’m totally flaky about when I’m going to run each day. These all make me a poor running partner.
But sometimes, I venture out of my small bubble and meet up with friends to run. Here’s why:
1. Sometimes I need to have real conversations with adults. I work from home and spend most of my time interacting with a computer. Sometimes I want to chat with someone who’ll do more than roll their eyes at me or just talk at me about whatever goes through their heads.
2. Sometimes I need to speed up. I often run faster with a group and need the push to keep up a faster pace when I need to do a tempo run.
3. Sometimes I need to slow down. I have a bad habit of going too fast when I should be running easy. If I hang at the back of a group, I can almost always find someone to chat and run easy with.
4. Sometimes I need a change of scenery. I only run the local trails if I am with at least one other person, so running with a group or a buddy allows me to hit locations I don’t run often. (And there a ton of trails around the DC area, so it’s a pity not to use them!)
5. Most importantly, these occasional runs have given me connections to lots of awesome people. These are the people I run Ragnar with, meet up with at races, and check out new local venues with. I may not be the most regular attendee at the weekly runs, but if there’s a party going on, I’m there. ;o)
What about you? Are you a solo runner or a group member? If you’ve never run with a group, what’s holding you back?
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