I don’t run in groups as often as I’d like, because I rarely find people who run my pace. Either they’re too fast (usually) or they’re too slow (occasionally). I feel like Goldilocks!
Still, in the last 4 years of running, I’ve participated in a variety of group runs and I’ve run with a variety of runners.
And I’ve noticed that we seem to fall into a few categories. Do you recognize yourself in one of these runners?
That would be me, of course. Or BOTP (back of the pack), if you prefer. People are always telling me I’m not that slow; my race results say otherwise.
But it’s not just my speed — I’m usually fairly consistent. A lot of people I run with tell me that. Maybe I’m consistent when I run with other people; I feel as though my pace tends to be all over the place and my Garmin often shows that.
Still, I run my 4 min/30 second intervals pretty consistently for the most part.
I’ve noticed a lot of naturally fast people tend to go out really fast until they tire out and then they walk. Then when they start up again, they’re going hard again. They just naturally can’t seem to run slow, and even when they walk a lot, they’re still far faster than us turtles.
Some hares don’t walk of course. They just go from 0 to 60 in seconds and seem to stay there. Lucky them.
The Social Runner
Have you come across the social runner? They’re the Jerry Maguires of the running world — they simply can’t run by themselves. They will glom onto any runner they can, whether it kills them to keep up or they have to slow way down.
The Chatty Cathies
I might just fall into this category, too. Not if I’m running with a hare, of course, because then I’m too out of breath to do much more than try to keep from hyperventilating.
But I do like to talk with others while running.
Leader of the Pack
Obviously these are also the hares of the running world. They run by themselves because no one can keep up with them. Running is their church and their therapy.
The Greta Garbos
I just vant to be alone!
Yes, there are many runners who just love running alone. I don’t really get it, but to each their own.
The Zen Runners
They run without a watch, without a plan, without caring how fast or slow they’re going. They just enjoy the run.
What kind of runners have you come across? Which runner are you?