Running is a personal event. Long before your first race or attempt to get a personal best, you may find yourself running day in and day out by yourself. It can be discouraging at first; you’ll have to learn to push yourself without the aid, without the encouragement, and without the constructive criticism of others.
Running in groups has massive benefits for runners, but the one thing that comes forth when confronting morning after morning running alone is the amount of discipline you’ll acquire. When you are on your own you will have to maintain your own routine with nothing to run on but your own desire and inspiration.
Running isn’t just about being competitive with others, it’s about learning to control your own emotion, your own desires and persevering even when the bed is still warm.
Your Time, Your Way
Running in groups is great for motivation, but much like trying to get to the gym, sometimes you just can’t fit it into the day. When your running by yourself, you commit to running when you want to, how long you want to and where you want to.
Raining? Not a problem for those by themselves. Nothing ruins a good workout more than getting a call from a friend saying they aren’t up for the weather conditions. Also, you’ll never again have to worry about trying to fit in speed work, hills or intervals because your doing your run, your way.
Running in the Moment
Whether your out in your neighborhood, going around the track or on a secluded trail, you can take time to absorb the world in your own way. Talking can be great fun, but sometimes you need to be on your own to figure out your own limits and to take time and enjoy your surroundings.
Being spiritual isn’t necessary, but sometimes it is nice when you’re out on your own, away from everyone else. You won’t feel obligated to talk about personal problems or small talk about the weather. Whenever your running by yourself, your running on your own terms, your own way.
Setting Your Own Pace
Running alone lets you push yourself at your own pace. Simply getting started in a program is hard enough, and no one new to the running game wants to be out and having to compare themselves with others.
Running with others has its own set of benefits which should never be overlooked, but sometimes, especially in the beginning, its nice to be in your own little world where the only thing that matters is the sound of your feet on the pavement.