Long distance running, for all its glory, can be very isolating. I mean imagine running 15miles alone. Great accomplishment, but some runners (like myself) may get bored running that far alone, all the time. And there is nothing worse than finishing your favorite playlist, and STILL having 5 more miles to run. I mean how many times do I have to listen to Drake's "5am in Toronto" or "6 God" before I just want to slap a Canadian? So for all of you who like a dash of variety with your miles, I recommend running in a group.
Running with a group, or a buddy is a great way to overcome the already difficult challenges presented to runners. For one, you'll have someone to hold you accountable. Imagine the feeling, looking to your side and knowing someone is beside you, step by step by step, mile by mile, enduring just like you.
As a personal trainer, I run with all my clients. Every last one of them appreciates my presence and my willingness to encourage them, during their run. What they may not know is that, I'm also feeding off their energy. Running in a group provides an incomparable feeling of companionship and support that reminds me of when I played organized team sports. Whether you're running with your boys, catching up on the latest tea, or just trying to get faster, the fact is, you're probably running better with the group than you would have run alone.
When you're out there with a group, the run seems to fly by. You don't have those "what am I doing out here" moments. The presence of others takes your mind off of how fast you're going, how far you're running, and sometimes even where you are.
So whether you're new to running, or simply looking to do something different, try running with a group. It's fun, the time flies, and you'll be better off because of it. It's okay to want to improve as a runner. Surround yourself with people who share your passion, and immerse yourself in the culture of running. You'll have finished your miles before you know it :-).