I am an unapologetic extrovert, and nowhere is it more evident than when I'm running. What I enjoyed most about cross-country and track practice was the camaraderie with my teammates - I'd spend miles just talking with my friends. When I was in middle school, this would describe the meets as well as practices; I made friends with all my closest competitors by talking to them every time we'd race.
If you've run with me as an adult (either of you), you know that I'll spend the whole run talking with you. Yet pretty much 99% of my runs are alone.
Given the choice, I'd run with someone, and it's one reason I love our Annual Conference at Lakeside, Ohio - because I have multiple pastor friends who also run. When I got back into running (as a seminarian), part of running was the accountability of having a running partner (thanks, Nate), and it was due to a runner friend's motivation that I ever ran a marathon.
So why is it that 99% of my runs are alone?
Besides the complaint that none of my runner friends live nearby, the bigger reason I run alone is my desire for flexibility. I like to be able to run whenever I want, wherever I am. For example: if I know that I am going to visit someone in the hospital in Lancaster, might I also take my running gear with me and jump on the Fairfield Heritage Trail which runs right next to the hospital. Or if I'm up in Newark or Granville (or have reason to go up there), I can jump on the TJ Evans Trail for some mileage. Those runs will of course depend on when I get there and how long I take visiting. And I mostly just run from home and like the ability to get up, get dressed, and go run.
How about you, runner friends? Do you run with a group or partner, or do you run alone?