THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER, T-REX EDITION

Now that I work from home (or the road, but you get the idea), I’ve had to adjust to running by myself again. When I first started running, I always trained by myself, and the first 7 or so marathons that I did were run primarily or entirely alone. I was used to it, and it was the only way I knew how to run, so it wasn’t a big deal. After awhile, I started making friends in the Columbia running community through Team in Training, work, etc, and eventually I did most of my training runs with other people. As I got used to running with other people, I also got to know a lot more Maniacs, meaning that I rarely ran a marathon alone. I got pretty used to it, and you know what? It’s nice. It’s nice to have someone to talk to and share pain with and joke with, and there’s plenty of things I’ve told my running friends that I wouldn’t dare tell other people. Running brings you together in a weird way.

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I’m not being dramatic, it’s fine.

So like I said, now I’m back to running primarily by myself. Amanda moved away, I quit my old job and I’m usually on the road. I used to run after work, but I’m trying not to do that anymore because on the rare occasions when I am home, I like to be around when AJ gets home from work so that I can make dinner and we can spend time together. This means I run either after he goes to work in the morning or before he gets home in the afternoon, which apparently means I’m destined to run alone forever. It’s been getting lonely out there, and even though training is going well at the moment, I still find myself wishing I had someone to cover the miles with.

Inspired by the lovely Honey Badgers Elite Running Squad out in Portland, I found myself hoping that maybe such a delightful group exists in Columbia. Those women run at all different times of day, and because many of them have jobs that don’t require them to work traditional hours, they have flexible running schedules – aka they don’t have to run only at 5:30 am OR 5:30 pm. I started searching, but so far, no luck. All the groups meet in the early morning or early evening, and while I supposed I COULD wake up at 5:00 am to drive half an hour to run with people that are a thousand times faster than me, that seems unpleasant. In fact, the only group that even meets in the morning has a facebook group where they write their workouts and I literally do not understand a SINGLE ONE. Not a good sign.

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Maybe I should just move to Portland so I can remember what happiness feels like. Again, not being dramatic or anything.

So then I got to thinking about this woman that runs in Elgin, where I live. I’m pretty sure she’s the only other person that runs in Elgin because she’s the only other runner I’ve ever seen. She is very tan and covered in tattoos and looks fit and although she might be running 10 minute miles, I have no concept of speed, so she looks likes she’s completely flying.  I have no idea what her name is, how far she runs, or what her goals are, but I want to be her best friend. And as fast and badass looking as her. I realize this last paragraph has been creepy – sorry I’m not sorry.

Anyway, there’s no real point of this post besides to say that relearning how to run by myself has been more challenging than I thought. While I do enjoy the alone time that running alone currently affords, it would be nice to have someone to chat through long runs with, since I have to do mine on Friday this week. Who does that?

LEAVE A COMMENT: So, any suggestions? How do you get through runs alone? Has anyone had to get used to running alone again after running with a group? 

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