The New York Times has a story today called The Downside of Running With Others. It’s a nice story that highlights some of the pros and cons of running with other people.
Personally, I like to run alone. As far as I’m concerned, the less people around, the better. This is true for training and racing. Perhaps, it is even one of the reasons that I prefer trails to roads. I have no issue running 31 miles – or even 50 miles – by myself. No running partner. No music. No podcasts.
People shouldn’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t my friend. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like you. Seriously, it’s not you, it’s me.
Maybe I’d go faster running with other people. Maybe I’d run for longer. However, at the same time, maybe I wouldn’t get what I want out of the run.
Pros of Going Alone:
– speed up whenever I want
– slow down whenever I want
– stop whenever I want
– no talking
– no listening
Cons of Going Alone:
There you have it!