Today’s topic is are you a solo or group runner? The quick answer for me is both. I believe both have their pros and cons.
The Group Run
Nothing will get you out the door quicker for a run than knowing you are meeting other people.
It always feels easier to run with other people (unless, of course, you’re running with a much faster person — like I was last week!). I believe that is part of why it’s easier to run at a faster pace in a race.
You are more likely to stick to the training plan if there are other people along for the run. Unless, of course, those other people tend to cut runs short.
Misery loves company, right? Running with a group in adverse conditions feels a lot less difficult than running alone in the same conditions. Running in a Nor’easter with a group definitely made it more fun!
The Solo Run
You have more flexibility of where and when to run.
Despite the built in group that comes with racing, you’ll be on your own during the race (unless you’re really lucky). I believe in the specificity rule: do in training what you’re going to do in your race. If you’re running a trail race, run mostly on trails. Try out your race day outfit and fueling before the big day. Sometimes tackling those hard runs by yourself are the true confidence builders.
While running with friends can make the run go by quicker — sometimes literally — it’s also so easy to run at a pace that just isn’t right for you. A pace that could potentially lead to injury.
Sometimes we can work through things on our own easier than if we’re in a group — sometimes it’s just the opposite, of course, but there can be real peace in a solo run.
I started out as a completely solo runner, mainly because we were new to the area and I didn’t know anyone. I joined a local running club, but never found my BRFs there. Then I joined a summer running group, and made running friends I still run with sometimes (I’d run with them more often if our schedules synched up more often!).
I actually do love to run in a group, but finding the right group — people you actually can run with — it’s not always easy. There are also times I truly just need to be out there by myself.
- Which type of running is your jam?
- Or are you like me, having a foot in both camps?
- Have you found your BRFs (best running friends)?