Back when I was training for my first half marathon, I did all of my runs by myself. The reasoning was two-fold: I didn't have any other running friends in the area and I also didn't know how to interact with people while doing so. I'd done group exercise classes, but most of my activity was on my own. Fast forward five years and things are completely different. With my current routine, I only run once or twice a week by myself - and everything else is with at least one friend. I'm lucky to have many people in my life who are passionate about different activities. And you know what? I really like it. It keeps me accountable, and stops me from flaking because I'm tired, or cranky or just feeling lazy. More (or most?) importantly: it's really fun. I'm also more likely to try something new and different if I've got a friend or two by my side.
Lately I've also found myself less in the "go out and get wasted" mentality, so I've looked for other ways to connect with my friends. Because of that I now have fighter fitness Mondays, run date/Switched at Birth Tuesdays with Danielle and Emma, climbing Wednesday and Sundays with Lu and our rock gym buddies, and Saturday long runs with my Boston Luna Chix in my life. I love that this allows me to keep a schedule, because lord knows how much I love having a routine. More importantly, it's helped me to both strengthen some existing friendships and to make really great new ones. I love the conversations that can be had - talking about life, love, work, and anything else at all that comes to mind. It's amazing how much you get to know other people when you're running, climbing, or cycling for hours.
Don't get me wrong. Sometimes you just really need to get out there and do speed intervals by yourself until you want to puke, or you need to hit the elliptical for an hour and just tune out the world. But these days, especially in the colder months, I'm relying more and more on the company for my friends to get me through my workouts.
Question: What sort of exerciser are you? Do you like to be on your own or do you prefer the company of others when you're working out?