Some people love to run in groups and some of us don’t. I definitely prefer to do the majority of my running alone. Maybe it’s because I’m an only child or because my schedule is funky. After a sibling-less childhood, I grew accustomed to being alone and having to entertain myself so that I actually learned to like it. I need it.
So I go running alone and it’s glorious. No phone, no friends. I especially like doing my long runs on Thursday mornings. I know there won’t be anyone else out there. Just me, the road and a few squirrels, yay! This piece from Runner’s World sums up my feelings nicely for the most part. I’m picky about ‘my people’ and value my peace and quiet. A 15 mile run is my time to think, or not think, about what’s going on in my life without any interference. It’s good prep for when I actually race and will undoubtedly be too busy running my own race to worry about who’s with me.
Is that to say I like running alone so much that I’ll always turn down an offer from a pal? Absolutely not. I’m the first one to tout the benefits of running groups or clubs. Check out this post. If friends and camaraderie are what get you out the door, that’s awesome. The exponential increase in social running groups has been wonderful. People make new friends, hit new goals and get healthier every single day with their running ‘tribes’. It’s just not what works for me and even on a group run I’ll usually end up alone. I’m happy to socialize before the run or after, cheer for the final finishers and congratulate everyone but I’ll do my running alone.
Do you like running alone? Why or why not?