One of the questions I get asked about marathon training the most is, who did you train with. The answer is no one. I trained alone.
This seems to shock people. Someone flat out told me I couldn’t do it, which was odd to me because I already had. The race was over at that point.
Training alone was fine, but I don’t plan on doing it again. I like being by myself. I like running by myself. And sometimes it seems I lack the coordination and athletic ability required to run and talk to someone simultaneously. I love the peace and quiet of watching the sunrise over the skyline on a morning run. I love not having to worry about anything or anyone else besides putting one foot in front of the other. But I missed out on some stuff too.
There was so much I didn’t know when I signed up for the marathon, so much that I could learn from other runners. And so much that I wanted to share and discuss with others, and while my non-runner friends would politely listen, sometimes they just didn’t get it or share my same enthusiasm for getting up at 4:30 on a Saturday morning and running for three hours.
To help fill that gap, I turned to the Internet. I devoured issues of Runner’s World. I used Instagram and Twitter and read lots and lots of running blogs. The comradery I found there helped a lot, and it’s what lead me to start this blog.
But I’m thinking some #IRL running friends would be good for the next race so I’m looking into joining a Houston running club. But I must admit, it’s a little overwhelming. So many clubs and, well, none of them seem that different from each other.
What do you look for in a running club? Any recommendations? If you live in Houston, is there a running club you’d recommend?