First of all, running by yourself gives you time to sort through anything that you may be going through in your life. You can reason through any problems that you may be having – and usually come out with a good solution. Running by yourself gives you the quiet that you need to sort things through.
Sometimes, it’s just nice to have the “me” time. We’ll all so busy with workers, family and friends sometimes there’s just no time for yourself. Running gives you that time that you need to be by yourself. You don’t have to answer to anyone during that time but yourself.
I feel that running alone makes you a stronger runner mentally. It’s great to have a buddy when you start feeling bad during the middle of a long run. They can talk you through the bad time. However, during a race you need to be able to mentally get through any tough times. You get the confidence that you can get through anything. And, that’s a great feeling to have.
If you are running alone – you can listen to your body better. You can stay focused on how your feeling and be aware of anything that your body is telling you. If it is telling you to walk for a minute to get over a glitch, you can. If it’s telling you to speed up, you can. It’s all up to you. You can run as fast or as far as you want.
And, an extension of that is that you can run wherever you want. When you run with others, you have to worry about finding a place to meet, the time to suit everybody, etc. When you run by yourself, it’s all up to you. If you want to run early to get your day started off right – you can. And, you don’t have to worry about your friends showing up late and making you late the rest of the day.
Now, running with friends does have its advantages. I did it for many years. But, I’m really glad to be a solo runner now. It suits me much better where I am now.