One of the reasons I like to run is because I can get away to clear my mind and relax, or in times of high stress, I can try to sort things out and make decisions. It’s usually quiet (or as quiet as it can be in the city) and I can focus on my mind, breathing and strides so as not to be distracted. Recently though, I tried the whole running partner idea, which started off by accident. I convinced my friends to sign up for a 5k but was planning to run at my own pace; brunch after seemed like a sufficient time to be together. However, one of my friends convinced one of her own friends to run, so when I took off, he took off with me. It was actually a pretty cool experience, if he decided to sprint, I sprinted with him. It was motivating and I was forced to push myself when I could have easily continued to jog. For not training for speed, I did pretty well for my first 5k.
This past weekend I decided to invite a friend along for my long run. A few months ago, she asked me to let her know when I was planning to do one, but my laziness and busy work schedule got the best of me so I didn’t have a good time to invite her. We ended up doing a 10 mile run along the West Side Highway, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was to have company. Since I wasn’t running for speed, just for the distance, we were able to catch up and talk about how things were going. I assume it was also a smooth process because she ran at my pace, but I definitely understand why people talk so highly of running groups and partners. You may want to slow down on your own, but you feel like you can do more when you’re with another person. Success!
What are your thoughts on running with other people? Do you prefer running solo or do you need a partner/group to keep you on track?