I’m an extrovert. I think calling myself an “extreme extrovert” is not an exaggeration. I make friends and trust very easily. I love being around people. I love meeting new people. I thrive in the middle of the crazy .. when everything is loud, moving and out of control, I’m at my best. When stressful or bad things happen, I want to tell the story about a million times. To anyone who will listen. Once you are my people, I will do anything to be there for you.
My worst nightmare? Dying alone. Hours and hours of seeing people in the ICU with multiple injuries, vented and sedated sitting alone didn’t help, but this has always been a huge fear of mine. Please, please don’t leave me alone. The thought is terrifying.
Running lots and lots of miles (over 100 miles/month) is hard. It’s hard in general. It’s REALLY hard when being alone is not your favorite thing. Some days, going out to run 8-10 miles alone is the LAST thing I want to do. I’ve been known to Netflix and treadmill my long run when the weather is perfectly acceptable to be outside, just because I can’t stand the thought of being out that long by myself. I struggle with the fact I need people. I can take care of myself. I can take care of my children. I’m fairly certain I would be able to run whatever team anyone ever gave me. But when it’s just me, I long to be surrounded by my people.
The whole month of June, I did a lot of miles alone. There has also been a lot going on in my life. New job, husband got a new job, my grandparent’s estate sale, etc. It’s been a really long 6ish weeks. On top of all that, both my running buddies are out of town. I ran a lot of miles alone. By the last week of the month, I was emotionally done. I didn’t want to go out. Even when the weather was perfect, I did not want to. I needed my people. I love being out on the roads or trails, but when I get to a certain point, all I want to do is run with others.
So. Running as an extrovert is hard. I’m very very thankful for my running buddies Adam and Bryan that run a LOT of miles with me. And my coach Nick who puts up with my whining when all I want to do is stay in, and he pushes me to go out. I need my people, and I want to run with people around me who are happy to also be running.
If you are an introvert runner, and can’t imagine running with people all the time, tell me about it! I’d love to hear it!
2 thoughts on “Running as an Extreme Extrovert”
I have to admit I love running alone! I always feel I have to keep up or hold back in order to be with the other person. My husband and I did two marathons together and I loved that experience. We just “work” together in all aspects of life. But after a knee injury he doesn’t run anymore. I think what I like most is the feeling of “freedom”. I can set my own pace, go as far as I want, and just think about whatever comes to mind. I don’t even use music most of the time, it’s sort of my me-time, personal space if you will! I love looking at my surroundings, enjoying a dew-covered spider web or an unexpected pop of wildflowers. I’m in a slump right now, haven’t run much at all in quite awhile. I love your IG posts, they are working on me to get back out there. Thanks for that 🙂
How awesome that you and your husband did marathons together! I get the feeling of freedom and being able to do what you want to without anyone else dictating your miles! I have a lot of fun on IG, and really love the support the community can give there!