I’ve almost always run on my own, sometimes I run with Callum or a friend but most of my training is done solo. There are a lot of running groups offered around me but I like the flexibility of being about to run when I have time in my day.
A few months ago I saw that the gym near my house was waiving their fee for their running group for their 10th anniversary so I signed up and since it was still a few months away I promptly forgot about it. In mid-January, I got an email reminding me that the running group was starting soon. I was apprehensive of whether I really wanted to join but I decided to try it out since I’ve never participated in a running group.
When I arrived bright and early on a cold and snowy January morning, we were handed training schedules and maps and split into groups depending on distance and speed. I really enjoyed that someone else had mapped me a run because I find that I constantly run the same routes. Also, having a custom made training schedule was a big bonus.
We went for our first run and I met a lot of nice people but there was also a lot of chatting while running. One of the things that I enjoy most about running long distances is when you get in a groove and the kilometres just fly by, I turn my brain off and just run. I found that in the running group, it was nice to have people around sharing your pain but I lost a lot of the joy of not thinking about anything.
I have stayed with the running group for three weeks now, not very long, but we are getting into longer distances and I find that my enjoyment of running with the group is decreasing as the kilometres are increasing. After running 12 or 15 or 17 km, I don’t want to talk to anybody about my job or their job or what kind of running shoes I have, I just want to run. So I think I am going to quit the running group and go back to running the long runs by myself, giving myself a few (or many, in the near future) hours a week to think about nothing and just run. Because after all, when I am running a marathon or any other race, I will be running by myself.
Maybe, my first running group experience was a bad one and there are better running groups but for now, I’m back to running solo with just about 6 weeks until the Around the Bay 30k in Hamilton, ON.
In other news – I am trying the 100up. Has anyone tried it? Does it work?
** Photo taken from philressler.com