I love to run with other people! Yet the vast majority of my runs are solo runs. My town has a thriving running community, so why would I have to run alone?
I do not work (now) & although I am a morning person, my mornings are busy with feeding animals (2 dogs & 1 cat) & walking the dogs. I am so not an evening person, when most group runs seem to take place. I do it, sometimes, & then I have trouble getting to sleep at my normal hour.
The bigger reason? Very few people run my pace. I’m slow – my easy pace is between 13-14 minute miles on a good day. I’m sure there must be people at my pace in the area, but it seems as though every time I started running with someone who is around my pace, they get faster – & I just don’t.
For the last four summers I have run with USAFit Albany. I am often, but not always, running by myself in the group. I seem to fall in between the average runners & the slower runners. Sometimes I get to run with someone; sometimes I’m by myself. But there’s always someone to chat with before/after my runs & I highly recommend this group to runners of all abilities.
Advantages of running solo:
- Go at your own pace
- Get lost in your thoughts/music
- Run whenever you feel like it
Advantages of running with a group:
- People to chat with
- Someone to push the pace
Do you prefer running with a group to running solo, or visa versa? Any great running groups like USAFit to recommend?