The last time I ran with friends was at the end of December when Amanda came home for the holidays and joined us. I have done 100% of my training since that time by myself. I don't mind training alone, it builds character, but sometimes I miss my friends. For my last weekend run I got a babysitter and headed up to Highbanks to see my friends and enjoy a group run.
It was so good for the soul. Having a cold this week and being in the taper, I was feeling quite blue about my race next week. But six miles with my friends was a great pick-me-up. Plus it was a fast pace and I was able to hang quite easily (and it didn't hurt that they told me I looked as fit as they've ever seen me). This run was a turning point in this taper and I'm now very excited for the marathon.
I love having a coach. It takes the thinking out of training and keeps me accountable to my training plan and goals. But every once in a while it's nice to share a run with my friends and enjoy a lovely Saturday out on the trails.
Do you run with a group or a friend?
How much training do you do solo?