When I started running (ok, ok, I started out walking with small 30-second running stints until I could actually run), I went off by myself into the early morning air… Why? Because it’s convenient and I can control my schedule. There is a great path near my house for runners, walkers, bikers, and everyone in between.
I *am* a member of a loosely organized running group, but I never run with them. Mainly because I am slow and don’t want to feel bad about not being able to keep up with the fast runners. That being said, YES, I know they recommend running with faster runners to improve your own speed. But, frankly, I’m cool with being slower.
So, what about you? Do you run alone or with others? Friends or a running group? I’d be interested in learning other people’s preferences and why… Because I have been a soloist for a year now and don’t feel like I need to change.