I have ALWAYS been a cat runner.
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.
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.
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 ?