When it comes to running, I am a lone wolf. I may occasionally run with a friend but never regularly. For the most part I enjoy running alone. I train alone, I run races alone, and I always run my daily run alone. Running is my ME time.
I have never joined a running club, nor do I really desire to do so.
Flying solo is just kind of my thing.
Until recently, that is.
I somehow talked my friend into running the IMT DMM half with me later this month. She has run a few halfs in her career but not recently, so she, like me, wasn’t exactly “half ready” when we decided to register.
At first, I was really excited about having a friend to run with- I wasn’t really thinking about what that meant.
…Then I realized I’d probably be running with her during the race. Yikes- during the race?! That would be a totally different experience than what I am used to.
Then I also realized that we’d probably train together for the next few months. She’s my friend and all, but running partner? Man, I just wasn’t sure how I felt about that.
I wondered what I was getting myself into.
Regardless, we ventured on.
I have to admit, it was a little weird for me at first.
What side do I run on? What happens if I pass gas (you runners know what I’m talking about!)? What if I get tired but she wants to keep going? What if she gets tired but I want to keep going? What if we run for hours together and we (literally) run out of things to talk about?
My concerns went on and on. Surprisingly, after talking with her about this recently, she also had some of those same concerns.
Ya’ll… I was totally worried about nothing. It has been awesome!
All of those things I fretted about? Turns out… don’t matter at all! In fact, we have grown closer and know so much more about each other after running hours upon hours together.
Our running has improved. We teach each other what we know about the sport. We push each other. Some runs are harder for one of us and we keep the other going. Some runs we both have a hard time, others we totally rock it together!
Although we only run together once per week for our long run, I have to say that I look forward to that run more than any of my solo runs during the week.
We are even talking about trying to keep it up after the race is over- and plan to set a spring race goal.
If you have ever wondered what it is like to run with a partner, you might give it a shot. I may not be ready to join a running club just yet, but I can say that I now understand the appeal.