Today, I'm going to have to revise my original stance. While I still love the solitude of having nothing but the road for company, running with someone else is a welcome break from the everyday grind.
I've since done several runs with the Lululemon Run Club. It's a pretty casual group - no need to sign up, and we usually decide how far to run depending on what people are in the mood for. The pace tends to be slow, which is perfect for recovery runs. It also means everyone can chat easily, so you get to know others in the group. I make an effort to go whenever my schedule allows and it's an easy way to get in 9+ miles for the day (I run 3-4 on my own before or after the group run).
With the girls before a run. Already sweaty and my eyes are closed.
There's something about a first 20-miler that's so intimidating. I was lucky enough to have my friend Chris along for the miles. I thought the run would seem endless, but surprisingly the miles flew by. It was such a positive experience that since then I've actually looked forward to 20-mile runs!
Remember that fear of not being able to keep up? I was forced to confront it head on when I ran with my fast friends, Sheila and Melissa. We ran at a pace I can maintain, but one I need to work at. Still, it was good to get out of my comfort zone, and I know making myself keep up with these girls will help me get faster.
I'll still run most miles on my own. But every now and then, I'll look to share the road with a friendly face or two. It makes the miles go by faster and reminds me that there are others out there sharing the same journey, one step at a time.
Do you prefer to run alone or with others? Also, have you attended any of the local run meet ups? If so, what did you think?
Let me know if you want to run together :)