So you’ve started running and now you’re faced with three options: running solo, with a partner, or with a team. Over the years, I’ve hit all three and I thought I’d share what I’ve learned with each starting off with running solo. (And since today is Friday, I’ll be linking up to Jill’s Fitness Friday!)
Reasons I enjoy running solo:
I can wake up at 11 am or 6 am on the weekend and do my own thing (I used to run at 2am – I don’t think any of my friends love me enough to do 17k with me at 2am! haha). I can be flexible when it comes to what time I want to do my run and when I want to run. I don’t have to decide on a distance or a route – I can go out and go where ever my legs take me for as far as they can without feeling like I’m disappointing or overworking a running partner by deciding to do 21k one day instead of the agreed upon distance! I can take whatever twist and turn I feel like on my run and explore new paths that I have no idea where they lead because why not?
Another thing I love about running alone is the freedom to run at whatever pace I want or work on my internal pacing. Some days, I run super slow and other days, I’m beyond impressed with my own pace! The other day I somehow built up my tempo run and somehow was doing my last kilometer in under 5 minutes! If I was with a group or a partner, I would feel obliged to finish strong but even pace. I also don’t have to feel guilty for dragging down my partner/group if I have to run at a super slow recovery pace. I’m also able to figure out what my pace is – not my partner’s pace, not my group’s pace, but my pace which comes in handy on race day!
Running alone is pretty therapeutic for me. It tends to clear my head and I find running on my own to be very relaxing. Running alone makes it easier get “in the zone” as there’s no one you need to pace with. I don’t have to be sociable, I don’t have to chit chat, and I can have my music in and focus on myself!
So those are just some of the reasons I love doing solo runs! Want to share some of yours? 🙂
Stay tuned for part two: running with a partner!