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Nikos G asked the question in Let's Run

Do you prefer running alone, with a running partner or a group/club?

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I run to relax, and get away from a hectic work life. Running with friends and a group definitely has its place, but if asked which I prefer, I would have to say me against me, running alone

Sports-iqgold Steve R answered Comment

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I like both - sometimes it's nice to run with a friend and chat and be challenged by someone else's pace and sometimes it's nice to be by yourself either to think or listen to music or get into your own rhythmic meditation. 

Sports-iqsilver Joanna R answered Comment

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I agree, I do my training runs alone (well with Steve Runners podcast), and my parkruns/events with my mate Steve S, some are social chats, other (like Battersea 5k Movember) as the faster runner he set the pace for a sub 25 and then I couldn't of spoke if I wanted to LOL

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I'm kind of tall (a smidge over 6 feet) so I tend to outpace my friends, plus I like to take a few second's rest when i feel the need and then carry on, without feeling like i've made anyone else stop, or carry on longer than they need to. So i would say I prefer running alone, challenging myself to get fitter. Though I do enjoy the company, to an extent I don't have a choice! Most people just look at me blankly if I ask them to come for a run...

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For most of my training runs I prefer to be alone. I can dictate the route and pace, overall it makes sense. However, when I do run with a friend, with @rence for example, it makes a nice change to forget about all the serious training and just have a nice social run.

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I have run on my own (with the odd exception) for the past 2 years. I love it. Just me. But there have been occasions when I have been in an envirnoment and been so in the zone it would have been nice to have been able to share the experience with someone.

Prior to that I had a regular running partner and it definetly improved my speed, endurance, stamina, recovery simply because we were so compedative we pushed each other limits.

I can't handle a group. too much noise.

So, on my own or in a small group of 2 possibly 3 as a close second.

Sports-iqgold Nick B answered Comment

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alone. deffo. and listen to podcasts. u know that when you run your brain produces BDNF -- in other words you are primed for learning. i love it. 

Sports-iqsilver David H answered Comment

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I have tried to listen to podcast or audio books, but I get too spaced out when i'm running and have no idea what I've just heard.

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Concentration can be learned too. Every time it drifts, bring it gently back - it soon begins to stick. Granted this touches on Buddism, but it works. Mind, that supposes you want to bring it back - being spaced out is some kind of nirvana, and should be celebrated in itself.

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Yes, I'm in a state of zen, being mindful of each step in the moment. :)

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If I am lacking motivation then running with a group encourages me to get out and about. Also brings out the competitive side in me so means that I push myself harder.

I will go for a run alone when stressed, but all other times much prefer the company and in many cases a good chin-wag on the way round.

Running clubs are a great place to find like minded people of all standards, as are parkruns to check my spped over 5k (www.parkrun.com)

Sports-iqsilver Mark P answered Comment

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training with friends can have its advantages but I prefer to run alone , maybe its me being an unsociable git but can I find I can give the run my full concentration when on my own and not have to worry about pace. If I want to up the pace (or take it easier) then I can do that without having to worry about who's with me. It's normally pretty hard to find someone tha consistently runs at the same pace as you

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For a long time I only ever ran alone.  Running was just something that a person did alone.

I've done a bit more running with some local clubs recently, and I've found I push myself a lot more when I'm with other people.  On my own I'm far more likely to not run as far or as fast.  I've only beaten some personal bests recently because of training with others.

Running on my own is still something I enjoy, so currently 2 out of 4 of my weekly runs are with others.

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I run alone, mainly because it seems to me there's no point having one person running slower than they'd like to be. The exception is recovery runs, where you're not trying to push yourself, and then it's good to have someone to talk to.

I sometimes run with a friend where we agree on a route, and meet each other at the end. Not sociable, but it gets the competitive juices flowing!

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That depends - if someone wants to pick up the pace a bit to match me, or if I want to try to match someone's pace who's a little faster, then a partner is good.  But it's literally painful for me to slow down my pace too much for someone - below a certain pace and I get pain, and if they complain that I'm going too fast then it's not going to be a good run for either of us.  So generally I go it alone.

Jim K answered Comment

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I get that too ... I am not sure why running slowly is painful - but my legs really dont like the slow jog (too much energy getting up into the air) - mid pace jog is much more comfortable

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I run on my own the majority of the time which I love, gives me time to clear my head and also makes me concentrate on my running! But when I do my long runs when marathon training it's always nice to have others with you to keep motivated. 3 hours on your own, even when you love running, can be a challenge! 

I do find though that running with a group makes me run faster, allows me to see what I really can achieve! 

Sports-iqgold Laura N answered Comment

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I quite like all of them - they all have their place and a change of scene or company is great. I tend to run alone a lot as it's fairly opportunistic - making use of gaps or forcing them into my schedule - it's nice to have some company now and again whether its for the challenge or a chat. I have found that the only way one of my friends and I can fit that chat in is to run together! We'd both appreciate the smae chat over tea and a cake I'm sure but it ain't going to happen!

Sports-iqsilver Kat S answered Comment

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Now I run alone. I really enjoy the time that I get to clear out my head and just meader wherever I fancy. I used to run with a club and with other members of various sports teams that I've been a member of and enjoyed the post run atmosphere. Maybe I'll go back to running with others again, but just not yet.

Sports-iqsilver Sarah L answered Comment

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I used to run at about 5:30am. You don't find a lot of people wanting to be social at that time in a morning. When I do run with others, I find my attention turns more to their comfort and well-being than my own, which means social runs are generally very poor quality runs for me. 

Sports-iqsilver Neil C answered Comment

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I run on my own, just me, the tunes and the road/trail.  Plus bucket loads of sweat.

Sports-iqgold Phil T answered Comment

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I run on my own. I can slow down whenever I want to.

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My runs are either at a relaxed pace or intervals/hills etc. I run with the club once a week but on my own the rest of the time. Works out fine, but it would be nice to have someone to go on the long runs with sometimes.

Sports-iqsilver Eoin O answered Comment

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I love to run on my own, its a chance to be free from everything. I stopped running with music recently and found i can concentrate more on my pace. Running clears all the crap out of my head. However my last 2 long runs have been with a running buddy and its been fantastic, the fact that we hit it off means we can chat away and barely notice the miles slip by, we have also pushed each other to run faster than we would have done otherwise.

Sports-iqgold Kaye D answered Comment

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I prefer running alone when i need to clear my head. Especially after a stresfull day at work. Tho i do like some good company once its recreational. And preferably female =)

Harry A answered Comment

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I love company, but they are to fast for me and i have to continue alone :)

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I much rather run alone because, having someone with me, is distracting. When i run alone i get to be more focus and enjoy the view.

Sports-iqbronze Cindy V answered Comment

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Thats the way I feel, it's me time!

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I love running with others to motivate myself and each other but once Im in a space of regular exercise I like the occasional run by myself. Actually thinking about it I haven't run by myself for ages!

Sports-iqsilver Callie C answered Comment

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I much rather run with others whether it's a fast paced interval session and trying to catch the person ahead/ stay in front of those behind, or a steady long run where the time just flies by when it the company of other like minded people.

Sports-iqbronze Bryce A answered Comment

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I enjoy running alone as Its my solice from being a busy homeschool mom..... it gives me time to just think, challange myslf and often times pray.

Sports-iqbronze Teena B answered Comment

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Definately alone. I'm not a very confident runner and when I run with other people I compare myself to them and feel inferior. I prefer to set my own challanges.

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I run alone when I need some therapy and love running in a group when I want to be pushed.

Meghann S answered Comment

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I also run alone. I've tried with a group or another person and it's not the same. I prefer alone so I can just reflect and listen to my podcasts or music.

Sports-iqbronze Steve B answered Comment

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