TOTR: Running Solo vs Running with a Group


Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life!

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
  • Safety
  • 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?