This month's topic:
Training: Favorite person to train with/training routine/tips
Give the scoop on your day to day running routine. Are you a social runner or do you like to take it solo? Do you run in the morning or evening? Pass along any handy training tips or advice about making sure you get up in the morning or how to safely run at night.
I have tried to run with other people, but it is usually an epic failure. There are three major reasons I don't run with other people:
1) I can't talk and run at the same time.
-If you can carry on a conversation while you run, I am jealous of you. Basically, I just make a lot of grunting noises when I run.
2) My pace is unique.
-In my circle of friends, I am stuck in a weird place between friends who don't run, and friends who are 5000 times faster than me. (See Running Royalty)
3) I find it very difficult to run in a straight line.
-This causes all types of safety concerns. It is dangerous for me to run near other people.
To make things easier and safer for everyone, I run alone. It's for the best.
Fortunately, I have discovered several benefits of being a lone runner.
The Benefits Of Running Alone
- Grunting, spitting, drooling, and sweating like a champ are all completely acceptable behaviors
- Running at a 7:00 minute mile pace or an 11:00 minute mile pace (oftentimes during the same run) are both equally acceptable
- Listening to music at max volume and occasionally singing along or adding a dance-bounce step to your stride is permissible
- Creating mental to-do lists, planning your entire day, or daydreaming about dinner as early as 4:00 am are all allowed
- Cute running outfits are not mandatory. T-shirts with holes and stains make you look like a hardcore runner
- Hygiene basics (brushing teeth, showering, combing hair, etc.) can be addressed after running
- Running routes are flexible and can be altered instantly
- Schedules are flexible. Running whenever you feel like running is encouraged
Being a lone runner is a nice gig.
Well, somehow I have managed to run for 12 years, primarily by myself, without getting bored. To help anyone who is interested in embarking on a lone running career, I have compiled a list of strategies I use to keep myself motivated.
Tips For Running Alone
- Compete with strangers
- Take a 3 mile challenge
- Run in the morning
- Secretly compete with a boy's high school cross country team
- Try something new
- Wear running clothes to bed
- Create challenges
- Run 500 miles during summer
- Run 40 miles per week for an entire month
- Run more than 5 miles every Wednesday for an entire month
- Run a marathon
- Run in at least 3 different states
- Run on a beach
- Run in the snow
None of these challenges awarded prizes, but just knowing that I was accomplishing something new kept me motivated to run.