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• sweet solo running

For all the running I do with friends, I love my solo days. For me, they come in two varieties:

1. The days I plan to run myself: These are mid-week runs in which I plan to hit the road or trails alone. I mostly look forward to these, but sometimes they are about getting mileage in and feel a bit rote.

2. The days I plan to run with others, but no one can come: These usually turn out to be really sweet, after my attitude adjustment. Here’s how it goes… I email several people to go for a run. Lots of email chatter ensues. Nobody can come. Dialogue to self turns 8 years old, “Fine! I didn’t want to run with anybody anyway. I’ll go by myself. I don’t need you guys.” Then I get it in gear and slide into acceptance. Acceptance leads to giddy excitement when I realize I can do any route, any speed, any distance and look forward to being alone with just my breath and the trail.

Here’s a quick video slideshow of a run of the number #2 variety, at my favorite place, Mt. Pisgah in Eugene, Oregon Oh, and I met some very cool people at about mile 7 of 10. Dustin, Lisa and their little buddy, Pepsi. They are ultra runners who moved here from Montana. Lisa was excited about running the SOB next year. Coming from Montana, she said, she loves hills. Wow.

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Do you look forward to solo runs?

4 thoughts on “• sweet solo running

  1. I have almost always run solo. Last year my friend started running with me and it was incredible that we could run the same pace. And then a couple months later she got a stress fracture and I was back to running solo. I miss her on the long weekend run as having someone with you at least is a diversion for all the time you spend out there, but my weekday runs will always be solo. I need that hour away from everyone just to have time with me, myself, and I.

  2. Lori – I hear you on the alone time! It’s so nice to be alone with your thoughts. I think that’s why I love trail running so much. No people and not even cars to get in my ‘space’ 🙂 Thanks for your input. I always love to hear from you. ~Laura

  3. I love you post, especially the video! I love running by myself and it’s usually the way I go. The freedom and time to meditate is what I look forward to most. The scheduling part trips me up most. However, running with friends is also fun when it happens – I still think about our impromptu run – so fun!

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