I really enjoy meeting up with others on a Sunday morning to do our long runs. The company’s great and the local knowledge that others have mean I get to enjoy some lovely routes I wouldn’t normally try on my own. There’s the chance to congratulate each other on a job well done when we meet up at the end, and now and again the promise of cake … what’s not to like?
But as my target mileage increases each week it’s going to be more difficult to find others who want to do the same distance and are happy to run at my pace. So I’m now planning to arrange local solo runs from now on. If any invites go out for something appropriate I’ll jump at the chance to join others, but to ensure there’s a run each week I’ll plan for something round here.
Once upon a time this would have been a little disheartening as I’d convinced myself I didn’t like running on my own. But that was another story I put to bed last Sunday when I enjoyed a 10 mile run from Acocks Green through to Solihull and back again. I can extend this run quite easily from 14 all the way to 24 miles and finishing at home will be a godsend when I’m on my last legs!