The way I see it, there are two kinds of runners out there, specially when it comes to how they train: do you run alone or in groups/with a partner? I run alone. Part of that is what I feel works best for me and part of that is its the only way it works for me. I have come up with my list of reasons why I choose/forced to run alone.
- It’s my alone time: It is my time to be by myself. I like being around others, but some quiet time alone is always much appreciated. Running gives me the time to do my own thing.
- I can pick up the pace: I like being able to run as fast as I desire or need to without feeling guilty of possibly leaving my running partner behind.
- I can slow down: sometimes a run or workout just doesn’t go my way. I can slow down without feeling that I am holding my running partner back.
- I run real early in the morning: I mean real early, like 3:00-4:00AM. Who really wants to join me? The great thing about not having a running partner this early is that I am not left wondering before running if he is going to show up.
- Choice of listening to music or not too: sometimes I like listening to music, sometimes I don’t. I don’t have to worry about being rude to my running partner abs shutting him out with the music in my ears
- I can pass gas with no judgement: let’s face it, running does things to our system while running. It happens. While running alone, you can just let it go.
- Freedom to choose my route: if I want to add some hills, I can. If I want to keep it on flat roads, I just go for it. I get to choose and just do it.
- Some workouts just don’t work in groups: hitting speed intervals can be tough in groups especially if aiming for different paces. And if you are aiming for different paces, what’s the point in a partner?
- Is my partner even training for the same distance as I am?: is he aiming for a shorter race? If so, the last thing I want to do is finish with him and then have to continue to get my miles in. Temptation would be just to cut my run short.
- Builds mental strength: you never know in a race if you will be running alone or not. I have found that running alone gets you ready for late in the race when you are possibly alone. It really helps push you to the finish.
- It does get boring sometimes
- At times I could use someone to push me
- Conversation to keep my mind off of what my body is telling me
- Just not feeling like I am doing it alone
So, which do you prefer, running alone, or in a group/with a partner? Leave w comment and let me know your thoughts.