Yesterday, I had a rough long run in the heat and humidity. Not feeling my run AT ALL and I realized that I would not have run over 9 miles if it wasn’t for my running family. It got me thinking that I run the majority of my runs with friends and why I would much rather run with company vs tackling solo runs. Sure there are times when everyone needs a good solo run! I get that, totally. In case you’re more of a solo runner all the time, here’s a quick list of my top reasons (by no means the only reasons!) for adding up the miles with some runner friends:
Reason #1: Running with friends helps you pass miles much faster than if you were running solo. In addition to that, it also helps you to stay motivated when you find yourself in a rough spot (exhausting, just not feeling it, etc.)
Reason #2: You might need a lookout. There has been at least a handful of times that I’ve had to hit the woods on a busy Saturday morning. My friends have successfully saved me from embarrassment several times.
Reason #3: It’s therapy! Nothing better than spending 2 hours with someone just talking and sorting through life’s problems and rewards. It’s also the perfect time to catch up with each other after a long week or day. We’ve talked about everything from things going on at work and school to new restaurants to favorite books and music to upcoming events. You name it, we’ve probably talked about it. It’s our time to all reconnect!
Reason #4: Nobody wants to eat a post run meal alone. What better than finishing up a nice run and hit the bagel shop with a group of friends or find a patio for some post run beers and Mexican food. None of that happen if you only ran by yourself!
Reason #5: This one is probably my most favorite! By running with friends, you get to celebrate in their accomplishments as if they were your own. I got to run with some friends this week who set a goal to run two miles without stopping! It was so awesome to by their running cheerleader! It wasn’t the first time we’ve done that for each other and it won’t be the last! Katie wrote about our group run here.
So before you set out to run this next week, especially if you are used to only running solo, call up a friend or two! Stop by your local running store and join a group run! Just hook up with some people and see if it doesn’t enhance your running.
As I get older I see that running has changed for me. What used to be about burning calories is now more about burning up what is false. Lies I used to tell myself about who I was and what I could do, friendships that cannot withstand hills or miles, the approval I no longer need to seek, and solidarity that cannot bear silence. I run to burn up what I don’t need and ignite what I do.”
― Kristin Armstrong, Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run
What are your favorite reasons for running with a friend or group?