Cat or dog ?

I have ALWAYS been a cat runner.

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I have been running now for about 10 years and prefer to run alone. Between the stress of my job (at that moment I was managing a department of 60 people), raising 2 kids and life in general, running was the only time that I could be by myself.

Running was my bubble, the only time I didn’t have to make a decision, tell people what to do or do something for others.

It started at a time in my life when I not only wanted to be alone, but I needed to be alone. I needed to take in nature, listen to my own thoughts, feel the small, unimportant things slowly evacuate.

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I know there are so many people who are dog runners, a.k.a. prefer running with others. In groups. I have asked many people why they like running with a group and my right brain completely gets it. Motivation. Accountability. Pushing your limits. The social element.

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And I tried. Maybe not very hard, but I did try. I went out twice with a running group in June. It was fun but I felt stressed… I had to be there at a specific time. Would I find people who run my pace ? What if I need to stop and walk at one point ?

Maybe I need to give it more time. Maybe I need to try a different group.

A friend of mine has been encouraging me to come to her running group every week. But so far, it just hasn’t taken.

As of today, I like starting and stopping when I want. I like going at my own pace. I like choosing my route. I like to be able to change my mind at the last minute and wait an hour if its raining. I like being alone.

I promised myself to try another group. And I will. Just not sure when.

 

 

So, which are you ?

 

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Comments: 9

  1. cecilie October 7, 2015 at 11:09 am Reply

    Copy paste that – i feel / am exactly the same. All the same reasons and thpughts, ha ha ha. And have come to terms with it, because I dont need the preassure or motivation either:) The only person I can run with is my husband, he is just the same as well so there is a mutual understanding and respect. He runs my pace without making comments about it or make me feel slow, and we dont talk much. I do not manage running and talking very well, no matter how good “form” I am in. But I am too, facinated by others that seem to love the soscial bit of running in a grup. Cat-person it is:D

    • Karen - Fit in France October 7, 2015 at 10:16 pm Reply

      The only person I have run with often is my brother in law, and like your husband, he runs at my pace and we don’t talk much…

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner October 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Interesting metaphors! I’ve never heard of this comparison before fun!
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  3. Darlene October 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm Reply

    feel exactly the same. But I am giving the group thing a try once a week. But even in the group, I wind up running alone since the runners are faster or slower.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 7, 2015 at 10:14 pm Reply

      I definitely think its worth trying a couple groups. Like yoga, you need to find a group that fits your personality. Let me know !

  4. HoHo Runs October 8, 2015 at 12:01 am Reply

    Cat runner. Out the door when I please, no deadlines. No stress! I’m pretty accountable to myself anyway. I do like socializing at a race though.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 8, 2015 at 7:17 am Reply

      Race socializing works for me too, but usually there are so many people in the races I do, I don’t always know someone… and I am not always good at striking up conversations with strangers

  5. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home October 8, 2015 at 4:15 am Reply

    I guess I am a cat runner. This makes me sad, because I am a dog person! But I love to run alone. It’s my “me” time. Really, the only time of day that I am alone.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 8, 2015 at 7:14 am Reply

      I hear you

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