A few weeks ago, I had planned to write a post about how I run alone. How I’m a lone wolf, how I thrive in solitude.
And, as a confession, how I am really embarrassed to run with others because I’m afraid I might hold them back and slow them down.
However, there is a chance – a teensy, tiny, small chance – that I was wrong.
Running solo has been fine. I’ve never really been bored, nor do I get tired of it. It’s just my normal and it’s been working fine.
However, on Wednesday, I ran home from little man’s school with a mom who lives in the neighborhood, and on Saturday, I joined up with the awesome couple from JennErikHams, along with their friend, and ran the Color Me Rad 5K with them.
Not only did I have a blast, but I feel like I ran faster, better and more efficiently.
I can’t figure how that happened. I never really felt like I was winded or cramping, but my pace was definitely quicker. I was much more relaxed, which I’m sure helped my form. And, I was able to carry on a conversation without gasping for air. This is something I never dreamed would be possible.
On Monday morning, when I went out for my run, I tried to keep in mind the way I felt when I was running with friends, and it did wonders for my overall time. Again, my pace was faster, and I generally felt better about the run when I was done.
Interesting. And unexpected.
It would be nice to have a buddy with whom to run on race days. And it would definitely be nice to have a training buddy. I guess I shouldn’t be embarrassed by my speed or my performance – I’m doing well, all things considered, and I’m certainly not the only one out there at my pace point. I think I need to look at some of the local group runs to see if I can work something out. I am pretty intimidated by the whole thing, but I think I really have to take myself out of my comfort zone if I want to keep improving.
And I do want to keep improving. I really, really do.
In the meantime, I hope I can hold on to the progress I have made over my past few training periods. It’s definitely a huge motivator and I feel like I am heading in the right direction.
Are you a lone wolf or part of a buddy system?
Do you find yourself running better and smarter when you are around others?