Running can be a very personal thing. Ask any runner, and chances are, they will have a preference on solo versus partnered or group runs – and for good reason. Whether it’s the meditative benefit of a solitary run, or the social aspect of a group session, there are definite positives to either scenario.
Although I am training for my 4th and 5th marathons this fall, I still consider myself a newbie runner. After a little over two years of hitting the pavement, I have yet to choose a favorite running scenario: alone, paired up, or with a group – I love it all! Running, in any and all capacities, is something that relieves my stress, keeps me active and allows me to strive toward new goals on a daily basis.
Curious on what and how to get started on a new running style or variety? Here are the basics:
On any given week, I make it a priority to pencil in at least two different types of running to not only improve myself as a runner, but to learn more about myself as well. Personally, lone runs give me the chance to challenge my own capabilities, while partnered runs remind me how much fun running can be! Finally, group runs allow me to connect with like-minded individuals and share my experiences, while simultaneously participating in a recreational activity that I really enjoy. As always, your mileage may vary, but if you’re stuck in a running rut, maybe adding one of these types of runs into your schedule will reignite that spark!
What are your running preferences? What are most of your runs like? Please share in the comment section below.