Since I joined the running club, I've been running more and more miles with other people. And I'm becoming addicted to it.
I enjoy the conversations that happen. I enjoy the places that they take me. I enjoy sharing something that I love so much with someone who enjoys it just as much. I enjoy knowing that other people feel the same way I do. That they have similar experiences. I love the closeness you feel after completing a difficult run together.
Last week, I had my highest mileage week ever. This might be a contributing factor as to why I've been MIA for over a week. I ran the majority of those miles with other people. On Monday, I ran 7 with a friend through the redwoods. On Thursday, I ran 8 in the rain, along the beach while watching a beautiful sunset. On Friday, I ran 5 easy miles around the park. And on Saturday, I did mile repeats with two amazing running friends.
I didn't get pictures of any of these runs, mostly because I refuse to take my phone while running with people. I don't need to stop and take pictures. I need to enjoy the run and enjoy my company. I need to take in the beauty of where I live through my own eyes and not through the lens of a camera.
Today, I did a solo run. I simply ran from work around town. As much as I loved running alone and clearing my head, I missed having someone next to me. Someone to push me when I wanted to stop. Someone to laugh with when I almost got run over by a bicyclist (on the sidewalk). Someone to tell me to slow down when I got a terrible side stitch. I think it's safe to say that I prefer running with other people now that I've had a taste of it.
I love the running community and I am so glad that I've become more involved in my local one.
Do you prefer running alone or with others?