SO excited to link up with Amanda and Beka again for Runner’s Tell All – a monthly link-up with set topics on the 21st of each month. This month’s topic is how you run or with whom you run. Well, let me let you in on a little secret…I secretly HATE running with (most) other people. And my attitude is season dependent.
I need any and all motivation to get my butt out the door. Therefore, I need accountability buddies (or a scheduled race) to motivate me to get moving. I don’t care how slow we are going, I am just getting miles in to stay fit and loosely train for any early fall races. This is the season where I am most relaxed in terms of running.
My tolerance for others decreases dramatically. During the fall while coaching, I really enjoy running with my athletes. I think they’re hilarious and I typically learn a great deal about them, myself, and running as a whole when seeing it through the eyes of my middle school or high school athletes. But, once that weekend rolls around, my long run is for ME. Seriously, leave me alone. I talk to 200+ people everyday all week, let me listen to Blink 182 or Bastille and have it be me and trail in front of me. Typically, this is the time of year that is beautiful running weather and now I am running for time/pace/whatever so that my late fall race will be a PR.
My attitude goes down the toilet post-season and all I want is for the fall weather to last foooorrrrreeeeevvvveeeeerrrr. But once that first snow hits (and sticks), I need an accountability buddy again and will force a friend to use treadmills with me.
See fall, but without coaching. I’m usually pretty motivated to get out and workout because I have my spring debut race.
There are, however, two people I really enjoyed running with – Chris (no duh) and my old head cross country coach. Honestly? It’s because they pushed me, consciously and subconsciously, to be a better athlete and person.
At our New Teacher week activities, one of my interesting facts was that I love running. And when my partner asked, “WHY?!” My response was that I love eating. While that’s a pretty big reason (no seriously, you guys, I really love eating), it’s also my time to be by myself, reflect on my day, and be in the right state of mind so I can be a good teacher, spouse, daughter and friend.
And the eating thing is pretty good too.
Whom do you like to train with or are you also a “lone ranger”?