That’s the question that I’ve been asking myself the last several weeks. Let me share with you why I’m asking that.
For many years, I ran 3 or 4 nights a week with others. I had 4 guys that I was friends with and we all ran about the same speed. These were fun (and sometimes a little competitive) runs. I still consider these guys to be good friends – even though we lost one of them and I haven’t seen the others for years. But, I know that we’d pick right up where we left off.
Then, as life always does, circumstances change and I became a solitary, early morning runner. And, I LOVED it! I still do. I love getting out early morning by myself. It’s my total me time. And, trust me – as an only child and having a crazy, busy life – it’s important.
My coaching clients were all virtual – so, running with them was not going to happen. Well, at least not on a usual training week. Then, I got several local clients who wanted me to run with them. And, on top of that, I started working with one of the local running stores coaching their Couch to 5K runners.
I’ll admit it. I’m having a blast!
It is so fun working with these ladies who have never run a step in their lives before now. And, so fulfilling!
I ran a 5K with one of my runners last weekend – her first race ever! And, she placed in her age group. I was so proud of her. Kind of like a proud mama when her child does well!
So, to answer the question – have I become a social runner again? Well, yes and no. I enjoy the runs with my runners – but, they’re later in the morning or the afternoon. My early mornings – they’re still all mine!