Saturday, January 28, 2012

Running Solo

One of the many things I love about running is that it lets me just spend time with me. I get to think things over with very few distractions. No TV, no computer, no music, no to-do lists. Just me and my thoughts for however far I decide to go.

Most of my long runs last year were with my running buddy, which I loved because having someone there with you makes the miles go by so much faster. I also loved how our friendship grew as we continued running together. We would talk to each other about all kinds of things and we'd help each other work through problems, even if that meant just listening to the other person vent.


I grew so fond of running with another person that I was not looking forward to my long run today because I knew I'd be by myself. With no one to talk to I figured the miles would drag by and I would be bored to death. While I did end up looking at my watch a little more frequently, my run was great. I didn't get bored with myself and I felt mentally (and physically) refreshed when I was done.

I had forgotten how much running helps me to think and work through things in my head. I don't finish every run farting glitter and rainbows, but I always feel way less stressed about everything and more prepared to deal with day-to-day challenges. I know that this time alone helps me to be a better wife, friend, daughter, sister, and employee. Whenever I don't get this time, this is why I start to go bonkers (that and the endorphin withdrawal).

So as much as I love running with someone, I was reminded today how much I also love to run by myself. I was also reminded of how important it is to just take a step away from all of the distractions in life and just spend time thinking, praying, or just zoning out.





Do you prefer to run solo or with a friend?

12 comments:

  1. I love running with my friends for sure, but I'm a huge fan of running solo. I get my best ideas during that time and/or work out any issues that are bogging me down. When I have a 20 miler to tackle solo, it adds to the challenge as well.

    Nice job!

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  2. I usually run solo. I don't have anyone that lives near me that wants to get up early on Saturday mornings and run. I do enjoy having a running buddy when I can. I do have to admit that I have been a little nervous running solo lately with that poor woman from Montana that got abducted. :-( I actually just signed up for a self denfense class though.

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  4. I have a wonderful running group which I run my longs with every Saturday. I broke away for my last 2 on my own and it really was nice - best of both worlds! I agree with mburt1029 - I'm much more alert when on my own ever since what happened to Sherry.

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  5. I was thinking about that lately. I like both.
    I enjoy running with friends and catching up, or running with my husband. But it often means that I'm not going at my goal pace. My running group has been going a little slower than my targeted speed lately.
    Running solo is like meditation, I think things through, I let my mind quiet down and listen to things. I do however choose my run more carefully if I'm on my own and always tell my husband when I go, where, and when I return.

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  6. I do like to do my shorter runs by myself. It really gives my mind a chance to clear. But I ran with a couple of gals for a longer run a couple weeks ago and it was really nice to have someone to run with - those miles seemed to go by much faster when I wasn't alone for every foot step. :)

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  7. I love running solo, sometimes it would be nice to do group runs, especially on long ones to help the time go by faster!

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  8. I hardly ever run by myself anymore. I need the motivation (& feeling of safety) especially on longer runs. I have had to run some by myself recently and wish I could relax and enjoy it more.

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  9. I run all my runs alone and I really enjoy it. It's my time and I enjoy getting to spend time with myself and my thoughts lol
    It's a great stress reliever!

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  10. I like running alone because it's my time for me. No one else. I think through a lot of things ... good and bad. However, I do like running with friends to just talk about things. Sometimes on the longer runs, I like running with someone to help the miles pass by. www.dashingdiva.net

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  11. I can totally see the benefit of both. I generally run solo, and some days I really prefer it. Other days, a running buddy or group is unbeatable - especially if I'm wanting push myself.

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  12. SOLO SOLO SOLO. The voices in my head are company enough ;)

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