Anyone who has followed me on Vox knows I really really love running. I’m not a good runner at all, but I do apparently love it. I have had all sorts of painful and unpleasant injuries and yet I continue to go back to running as soon as I can. So I guess I do rather like it.
I am now the slowest I have ever been in my entire life. I’m running well, and I am seeing progress with the speed and pace problem, but like most things, improvement does not come quickly.
I have always been a lone runner. Back in the day, I was dating a marathoner who was actually a slow marathoner, and I tried to go running with him. It was sooooo frustrating. He completely left me in the dust and in the end he was not that kind about it (which is actually the hallmark of someone who is not that content in their own running and life…). So after all that, I pretty much have run on my own. I occasionally take the semi-wonder dog. He doesn’t care about pace, so he’s a good running partner.
Lately though I have been posting on www.thedailymile.com which is a really fun interactive training log. It is a lot like facebook for runners. I’ve started to share training with a lot of people in my area, and I suppose because of my stellar on-line personality I’ve started to get a lot of invitations to run with people….
Now, running with people is really supposed to be beneficial….
Liz Robbins and the New York TImes seem to think so:
In addition running with others can push one a little to achieve new speeds/distances. When jogging along with someone there can be mutual motivationAnd if you are one to skip workouts (I am not one to do that)…having someone you are meeting is pretty much going to make you less likely to not get out there.
However, if paces differ greatly, and neither person is willing to adjust, then all those benefits of group running go out the door. It’s hard to get a great workout if you have to slow your miles down by 2 minutes, or you are running at a speed where instead of being able to converse, you can only gasp.
Plus it is harder to make friends as we leave college…and this is one way to make healthy friends who will support your healthy habits.
I’ve been asked by 2 women now twice. They can see my slow pace, and I can see that their usual pace is 1 to 2 minutes faster than mine, often 3-4. I even pointed it out to them that I really am slow!
I really would love to have some running pals in this area who would be supportive and fun. But I am actually terrified of having yet another depressing experience.
So I wonder should I stay a Solo runner:
or should I venture into trying to run with people regularly.
What is your preference and why???