In the era of social media and interacting everything online is it weird if you prefer to run alone. Like everything else in the past 5-10 years there seems to have been an explosion in running being a social activity. Most people log their runs with a GPS watch and load the data onto a sharing site such as Strava, they talk about running on social media and organise social runs together that help keep people accountable to get out of the house and go running.
So, if you still prefer to run alone are you a weirdo? I began running because I had moved away from my hometown to the city and didn’t know many people, essentially I started running because I didn’t have any friends that could introduce me to a team sport. This was well before social media and GPS watches and all my running was done alone.
One of the reasons I fell in love with running was the solitude that comes from running alone. It’s a wonderful feeling being out running just you alone with your thoughts. Talking to a non runner recently about my weekend and long run on this weekend and told her that I had covered three hours of running and this was a great start to my Sunday. Her response took me by surprise when she said “to run for that long alone you must really enjoy your own company.” I hadn’t thought of it this way before as I’ve always run alone and never lacked company or needed other to motivate my running.
“Doesn’t it get boring?” This is a question non runners have been asking runners since the dawn of time. Quite simply, No. I am very rarely bored when I go running alone or with others. I go running because I enjoy running, if I got bored from running I’d take up another sport that I didn’t get bored doing.
My top 3 reasons to run alone.
- Solitude. Running alone is a great experience. Alone with your thoughts, just one foot in front of the other.
- You set the session. When you run alone you can run at your desired pace. If you feel like running fast you can, if you feel like running slow you can. It’s up to you.
- Time saving. When you run alone you don’t need to meet up with people, you can run from home and save time by just getting out there and run.
When training for a race I find that running alone helps me stay focussed on the training I have planned. I set my program and stay accountable to each run of the session. My success or failure at the race is absolutely up to me.
There is no doubt that the social aspect of running and running with others appeals to many people. Those that would prefer to run alone are probably in the minority today.
If you prefer to run alone……run alone.
If you prefer to run with others……run with others.
Whatever way you prefer to run go and do it, it’s about the running first and foremost.