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?