How to run comfortably if you are a natural introvert
31 May, 2019 • by Emma Spearing • Running • Tips
A running group where people are expected to talk to each other would be mentally exhausting for a natural introvert
You are the classic introvert. You hate parties and small talk. You choose to make your living writing from home. And you are a runner. You was drawn to running because you need, and like, to be alone. Between working all day and spending the evening with your family, it was the perfect way to get a moment to yourself, to either mull over the events of the day, or honestly just space out.
An introvert is characterized as someone who finds socialization draining or overwhelming, often finding comfort in solitary pursuits. Not to be confused with shyness or misanthropy, the introvert can spend time around others but chooses not to.
It perfectly normal to run alone as long as you enjoy it. Just keep in mind following points to make your running long lasting, comfortable and safe.
Safety issue first
Safety can be a huge issue for runners, especially females. One of the first tips is always, do not run alone. It makes perfect sense, but it’s not your only option. You can take a self-defense class, adopt or borrow a dog to run with, and there is even runner’s mace, with a special holder that can be slipped onto your hand or wrist. There is no need to feel vulnerable by yourself if you take the proper precautions.
Choose running partners wisely
Running, like most other sports, isn’t just an activity; it’s a culture, one of the nicest and all-inclusive ones. And races are so impressive. The pageantry, the camaraderie, the sweet race T-shirts, the after-race bagels and the medals! Oh, those shiny medals. Then you have running groups. Running groups are awesome. They hold you accountable, keep you motivated and oftentimes keep you safe on the road.
It's very intimidating for introvert runners to join those big races and running groups or running with others. The point is if you decided to join, you should choose your running partners very wisely or they could become your nightmare
Be visible on the road
It's easy to miss a single runner on the road, so make sure you're visible. If you're running in the early morning or at night, even at dusk, wear white, yellow, orange, or other brightly-colored clothes.
Also, make sure you have reflective gear on. Although some items (running shoes, jackets) already have reflective pieces on them, it doesn't hurt to add more. Some runners also run with a small flashlight to make sure they're seen by oncoming traffic.
Practicing internal pacing
Conversely running alone means you can push the pace on days you feeling stronger than what’s on the plan. No worries about leaving anyone behind if you start doing fartleks or a tempo. These runs allow you to get in tune with your body, letting it be your pacing guide. Depending on who you train with, solo runs might make you faster by getting rid of any guilt about leaving a friend behind.
Enhancing mental strength
Group runs allow you to rely on others for a boost when inevitable fatigue or random aches appear…solo runs encourage you to develop tactics that will allow you to become mentally stronger and better able to handle the highs and lows of training. This strength is highly valuable on race day because no one can push through the discomfort to get that PR but you.
From solo to social
In a friendly group setting, it’s easier to stay committed to your training plan. The speed, tempo, and interval-led sessions make you faster, because you’re pushing your body
Having someone else plan a session takes away that extra step, so you can solely focus on your performance. You also get valuable advice along the way. In solo runs, no one reminds you to stand tall or relax your arms and land softly. From a motivating coach that’s committed to your individual development, you get instant advice and feedback on your technique. These tips carry over to your solo runs.
Running can be a source of health, happiness, and confidence. It can be either individual or social, but best results follow when you combine both.
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