My first 2 years of running, I was always running alone with my head phones on and music blasting. I said I would never run with a group. However, last summer while training for my first Marathon, I started running with some Co-workers after work. WOW, what a change I thought I would hate it. I actually took my head phones on the first run, but I didn’t use them. Talking about running, beer, movies, TV shows, and life just made the time fly by, running 4-6-8 miles twice a week what a change from alone miles, when you are counting down until you’re done. (Counting down is for the long training runs, my other runs I never think about distance I just run.)
Now I still love my alone time running, music or no music sometimes just being alone with your thoughts is awesome. Running with a group keeps your motivated to get out there. Without them over this past winter, I would not nearly be in my fitness where I am right now. The cold and snow was not fun, and there were days when I didn’t want to go outside, let alone run. But when you have 2-3 other crazy runners, you group yourselves together and run like crazy in hats, gloves, and ski masks.
Being bipolar, I tend to get moody (that’s an understatement, but we’ll go with it). So running alone lets me just think sometimes it helps, other times I get a little more depressed. But if you have scheduled run times and dates with your group. You suck it up and join them. Without a doubt something will be said on the run that you can’t help laugh at and that is the best medicine for a downer mood.
What are your thoughts? Alone or Group.