Over the past year I have noticed a lot of differences between running alone and running with a partner. My running partner lives far away now..far far away..too far away. This means my runs are all done alone. It wasn’t so bad at first, in fact it was nice to get out with my thoughts and just..run. Then while I was on my latest run I thought about all the down sides to running alone.
Running alone means..
- No one there to talk with. I get bored easily, and who’s to say I wont dart into the road if a squirrel catches my attention?
- No one there to laugh when you snot rocket all over your clothes. People driving by don’t count..in fact that’s more embarrassing when a stranger sees you.
- No one to high five after the run. Running is great alone, but coming home to brag to my daily mile is nothing like accomplishing a great run with another person.
- No one to save you from weirdos. OK this is seriously getting annoying. Every time I go running I get scared. I see weirdos in their cars honking at me, waving at me, smiling at me, turning their heads to see me. Then there’s the weirdos on the street. I need to get some mase. It’s like night and day my comfort level running with someone vs. alone.
- No one to push you that extra mile. You mean I have to find my OWN motivation to keep going!?
- No one to laugh at the other runners with. I’m not that mean I swear..
- No one to brainstorm ideas for lunch with. ALWAYS think about what’s going to be consumed right after a run..well..after I cool down of course.
- No one there to cry/hug when you achieve a new PR.
There are still some good sides to running alone like feeling strong, accomplished, independent, letting your thoughts run wild, and being one with nature. Basically I have been spoiled by having a good running partner, and now that I don’t have one anymore..it sucks! If any of you runners need a slow, but fun running partner, I’m your girl! Seriously, I don’t want to envision a scene from CSI while I run anymore!
Q: Do you prefer to run/workout alone or with others? I do like both, running I like with another person. Hiking I like with other people, but classes at the gym I can handle alone.