My last couple of long runs have been solo - something that doesn't happen all that often. What I noticed was that the toughest part of these solo long runs has been the first half hour. The first half hour of a long run is tough regardless - my body isn't ready to run yet and my mind is usually going a mile a minute thinking "if you feel this crappy NOW, how are you going to make it?!?" When I'm running with friends, my body is still rebelling, but at least I'm chatting or listening to stories - so I can ignore that little voice in the back of my mind.
no, i wasn't miserable...but the title is my favourite song :)
Since the first half of my run yesterday was pretty much all uphill, I definitely struggled that first half hour. But once that part was over - I really had a great run. It was warm, I was running in the park with so many other people enjoying their Sunday, and even though my legs were feeling the "mountain run" by the end, I felt pretty good as I sat down for my solo post-run coffee. Even though I love running with my friends, sometimes it's good to spend some me-time out there.
What is the hardest part of running alone for you? Or do you find it harder to run with people?