It’s Friday so I am linking up with three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC . Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!) They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!
My Friday Topic is Five Reasons Not To Run Alone
Obviously you are safer in numbers. Or at least with one other person.
Especially if you run in the dark – either early morning or late evening, you should not run alone (if you can help it.)
2. Forging Friendships
Running is what you have in common so it’s what brought you to together.
But while you are running, you wind up chatting about work, family and basically all your problems. Now you are not just running friends but friends.
3. Staying Focused
In order to run with other people, you have to plan. You have to agree on a time and a place. It’s takes a lot of coordination.
After all that planning, you wouldn’t think about skipping the run…even if it is 95 degrees or 10 below.
And if you pay to be part of a training group, you don’t want to waste money and your friends are there, so you show up and run even if it’s raining or you just ran 13 miles the day before.
4. Improving Your Running
I get very distracted when I run alone. I stop and take pictures. I walk when I am tired. When I run with others, I don’t want to slow them down so it forces me to run more consistently. In fact Alyssa always jokes that even though we don’t try, we always have negatives splits.
And you are lucky enough to have a faster runner want to run with you, you will get better.
5. It’s just plain more FUN.
The miles go by faster. The hills don’t seem as steep.
Happy Running! Do you prefer to run alone or with others?