Socially Solo

I never thought of running as a social activity. That was one of the things that drew me to it in the first place. I’ve never been much of a team player and would gladly take a term paper over a group project any day.

Running can be very social if you want it to be. You can find a running partner or even a group. There’s a barefoot running group that meets in Central Park several times a week and I’ve considered joining, but that just isn’t me. When I run, I run alone. I have on the rare occasion run with Laura, Heather, and Manda (and thoroughly enjoyed it), but the majority of my runs are solo affairs.

I don’t mind it. I like the time alone with my thoughts. No conversation. No music. No distractions. Just the rhythm of my breathing and pounding feet. I do my best processing when I’m out on a run. Many blog posts have been mentally composed while running.

When the cold and dark forced me inside, I realized just how social of a runner I really am. I miss running in the park terribly. I run alone in the sense that I set my own pace and decide how far is far enough, but there are always other runners out there with me. There’s something motivating about being part of a “pack.” I run faster and farther in the park than I can on my treadmill. The company of fellow runners, strangers though they be, is so encouraging.

I’d say I’m ready for spring, but I know that when spring comes I’ll be far away from my beloved Prospect Park and all my fellow solo runners. Runner’s World just featured a piece on running with a dog. Anyone want to buy me a puppy?

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4 February 2013. Tags: , , , . Running.

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