Running With Others? Downsides to Camaraderie

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    Aug 15, 2014 2:59 AM GMT
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    NYT: You found fellow runners on Facebook and felt like you’d found a team. But running with others, as you soon learned, can have its downsides.

    Some partners won’t want to talk when you run. You, may be of a type that needs to carry on a conversation from the minute you start running to the minute you stop. The chitchat helps you forget the misery of the task at hand. But more than that, when you run alone, your mind will bully you into slowing down or stopping. When you run with other people, your mind won’t dare speak up – and you wind up running longer and faster than when you run alone.

    The problem: others are faster than you.



    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/the-downside-of-running-with-others/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=health&_r=0
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    Aug 15, 2014 3:04 AM GMT
    Sounds a lot like cycling with others. Some of my cycling buddies like to talk while riding, and I do too. Some of them like to wear headphones and listen to music. Those of us who are talking are usually faster, and leave the headphone heroes in the dust. icon_lol.gif
  • FRE0

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    Aug 15, 2014 6:58 PM GMT
    On the other hand, talking can slow down runners and cyclists by reducing the respiration rate. How can one do intervals while talking?
  • riverrunner

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    Aug 16, 2014 4:44 AM GMT
    I've been running for 30 years. Just find people like you to run with. I get faster by running with faster people. Speed workouts help too.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 16, 2014 1:14 PM GMT
    riverrunner saidI've been running for 30 years. Just find people like you to run with. I get faster by running with faster people. Speed workouts help too.
    It helps to run with people who are not only faster but also leave all the high tech gadgets at home and converse with you. Running with a group is supposed to be a social as well as an athletic activity. But some guys are very insular and they cannot do without those stupid I phones and ear buds.
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    Aug 16, 2014 4:36 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidOn the other hand, talking can slow down runners and cyclists by reducing the respiration rate. How can one do intervals while talking?
    "Race" from one stop sign to the next, then talk for the next few blocks.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 16, 2014 10:13 PM GMT
    Interesting article.
    Both choices have their advantages and disadvantages.
    I`ve run mostly alone and appreciate the silence; how running stills my thoughts almost like a meditation. But you can have too much of yourself.
    Running in a group sounds good, too; the social aspect and cammaraderie is very attractive and better runners would stiimulate me to go harder, etc.
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    Aug 16, 2014 11:27 PM GMT
    I love running but I wish I had more opportunities to run with other people. That's probably the toughest part for me when I come back from vacations or business trips during which I've gone to cities where there were frontrunners groups for me to run with (unlike here in Duluth). Whatever the logistical challenges, running with others beats running alone.
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    Aug 17, 2014 12:55 AM GMT
    Seattle has a large gay running group which meets afterwards to have breakfast together. Talk about real jocks.
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    Aug 17, 2014 11:18 AM GMT
    I like to do both: run alone and in groups. While my speed has improved, I think the biggest benefit of group running has been on keeping a consistent pace. It helps when you have a group of people with the same race goals. Some days are harder than others, but it forces you to not just quit and keep at it. Most of the time during hard days, I actually feel better later in the run by keeping at. If not for the group, I would have surrendered and quit the run early.

    As for conversing, I think most of the people in my running group realize that people interact differently in that setting. Some days I will listen and converse, and other days, I will put my headphones on and try and tune out.
  • Bevik

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    Oct 09, 2014 2:15 AM GMT
    I have yet to find anyone in my area that wants to run with me, but I've wanted to try it for some time.

    I kind of use running as my "me" time anyway. I catch up on podcasts and listen to music.