Why I run. Alone.

I must warn you, this is a selfish post.

I love running alone. The main reason why I even started running is because I liked having that time to be alone in my thoughts. It is the perfect moment to reflect when nothing else can interrupt. I seriously love waking up at 4:30 am and see the sunrise while running…alone. I must sound like such an anti-social person (which I am not). But I truly love doing that. Here’s what’s great about running alone:

-My pace. I don’t like to worry about someone else’s pace. I like going at my own pace and then pushing myself to my limits when the runner’s high hits. I don’t want to worry about going too slow for someone or too fast for another. I never know how my body will feel that day. Sometimes I run faster or slower than normal days and I love that. That’s the beauty.

-My thoughts. When I run, it is the ONE moment of the day where no one interrupts what I am doing. I don’t have to stop to check an email, answer a phone call, respond to an IM or tell my husband where I put his light gray socks. It’s just me and my thoughts. I think about my plans, my goals, my mistakes and anything in between. I solve my problems when I run! I do. Sometimes I am not sure about a decision, and I purposely leave it on deck for when I run. My mind is clear and strong at that moment (Hence Flashes of Clarity).

-My selfish time. I am a people-pleaser. I will go out of my way or do things differently even if it is more inconvenient for me, just because others will feel better. Being this way has its positives and negatives. It’s great, because people are happy, often express their gratitude and say how nice I am. But at times, I need to do the same for myself. So I often work on putting myself first. I feel that when I run, I am doing that. I am putting my running and fitness goals on top of anything else. I have learned to say “Sorry, I can’t go to happy hour” or “No, I’m unavailable” or “Can we do it on another date?” just because I have to train that evening or wake up at 4:30 am on Saturday morning. I still make exceptions, I have learned to schedule training around life. But it has to be an important (usually work) event related.

Although I love running alone, I don’t mind an occasional social run. A run while talking to a friend is always nice. I have recently started doing weekly social runs. I LOVE talking about running as you may have seen! I just like doing some, if not most of it, alone. On the other hand, I really enjoy non-running workouts with groups. Do I sound crazy to you?!
Do you run on your own?? With a group? What do you like about it?


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