7 Ways Running Alone Beats Almost Anything Else

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For most of my running life, I have been running alone. It’s not that I dislike people or other runners, in fact, I would consider myself an extrovert.

Some runners need and want the accountability, the camaraderie, and push from a friend or group. But for runners like me, there are a myriad of reasons why some of my best runs are spent in my own little universe.

That’s because I get to run:

1) My pace

I can go as fast or as slow as I want when I run alone. If I am having a particularly great day, I can push myself into a hard and fast workout. As for those tough days, no one has to stand around and wait for me to catch up or throw me a pity party.

2) My distance

Much like my pace, I don’t feel constrained to run a certain distance when I run alone. Sure, I have a general idea of my workout at all times, but sometimes things don’t go as planned.

3) My plan

There are plenty of runners out there that are likely sharing the same distance goals and run similar paces, but not everyone has the same training plan. It is likely that someone is either pushing themselves too hard or holding themselves back if they never run alone.

4) My time

I am definitely a distance runner anomaly in that I prefer to run in the evening and have zero accountability issues in getting it done after work. I like the flexibility of going when it is convenient for me and not fretting about making someone wait or rearranging their schedule.

5) My music

I usually like listening to music when I run. The beats and rhythm of my playlist give me an extra boost, especially for speed work and tempo runs. It’s just a distraction if I am not running solo.

6) It’s my therapy

There are times that chatting with others during a run becomes therapeutic. However, I find that when I need to sort stuff out in my brain, running by myself is hands down the best cure.

7) It builds my confidence

Running alone gives me confidence to do what I need to do on race day. Spending the majority of my time running alone, I hold myself 100% accountable for each workout and being able to trust my training is huge when toeing the start line.

Why do you like running alone?

Carissa Liebowitz has run the Boston Marathon as well as dozens of marathons and half marathons. You can follow her running adventures on StravaInstagram and her blog.

3 comments… add one
  • Thoner November 9, 2017, 9:59 am

    Ditto, I’ve run in groups and it can be great fun, but it seems like all my best workouts are solo. If you ever see me out running, I’m the guy encouraging runners across the street “Hey keep the hammer down!!!” Or if someone passes me, “Hey you’re looking good, take it to the front!!!”.

    I just ran the Marine Corps Marathon, and even with 20,000 other runners out there, my focus was solely on enjoying my run and getting it done.



  • Tracy November 9, 2017, 9:39 am

    Ditto the comments about pace, time and distance. Running is a special time for me — my alone time – and while some people think it’s unfriendly to say no thanks to a running buddy, I understand and, like the author, want my run to be an opportunity to think inside my own head.

  • Lydia September 30, 2017, 8:12 pm

    I relate to this article in SO many ways. I find that running alone beats running with others in a lot of ways, and this article touches on almost all of them!

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