I know how you feel about this. I created a facebook group of local runners where we post upcoming races we're doing so we can carpool together or at least look for one another as we arrive. If I'm going to a race alone, I look around and can usually find someone who may look a little nervous waiting for the race to begin. I start asking simple questions like "How long have you running?" or "Have you ever done this race before?". Most of the time, they are as relieved to have someone to talk to as I am. As you run more often, you will start to recognize people and make tons of new friends. I love my runner friends!
I do all my races alone - haven't found anyone that runs at my pace... and don't have any friends that run. I always end up "leapfrogging" with someone... and we end up chatting at the end. This almost never happens with the same person, but it seems to happen every time - helps keep me motivated and, from what they tell me afterward, it motivates them too.
Glad you found a group that adopted you!
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. ~Aristotle~
Thanks everyone!!! This past mud run held lessons in it for me. I did do it alone until the wall when I found a group of ladies that took me in. I found a new strength in myself. I, also, learned that mud runs are about team work and comradely while 5Ks and other races are about an individuals hard work and determination. I have run other races alone and it was awesome. The part that makes me anxious is the pre-race standing around bit. With each race, it gets better. Honestly, I think it gives me more and more independence, something I did not possess as the youngest child!
once you start doing several local races you will start seeing the same people over and over, i now have got to know many of them that way. always talk to people before and after, also during like runningwild said
Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA
"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." ~P.Z. Pearce
"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts." -Pre
I do it because i can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't.
for everyone's insightful thoughts! I forgot about the energy at the races and how I have always found someone to talk to at every race I have done. In fact, for my first half marathon, I ran with someone I just met that day the entire race! So, I am pretty sure I will again. If not, I realize it is okay, too! I am doing my thing! I think I am going to take a before and after photo.
Nothing worth having is easy!
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My first 10 miler was huge (Braod Street Run in Philly). I went solo. Very Nervous about it but on the train up chatted with a few women, made me so much more at ease. Also waiting for the start lots of folks to talk to ....and I am painfully shy. As some folks saif runners are really friendly and someone always seems willing to talk. When I do my half marathon in September I will be going alone. I worry more about the logisitcs fo getting there and started rather than being alone. Good Luck!!!
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I have gone to races alone. I went to my last 2 mud runs alone, and made friends both times that I stayed with the whole race! Just chat up someone next to you, it definitely makes you feel better, and makes the whole experience better!
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sometimes the opposite is true. You might now some runners at the start but lose eachother as the race goes on and at the end you're on your own, lost in the crowd you enjoy it anyway everyones friendly.
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The ONLY time I'm an extrovert is when I'm wearing my running shoes. At races, when I find myself alone, I start chatting with someone who is running the same pace as I am. I can start a conversation about just about anything. In fact, at one race, a girl and I spent the last 5 kms talking about how we were going to hide the body of the race director that decided to add 2+ kms to our half marathon route. Make a new friend or two. Runners are THE friendliest people.
***Penny*** Calgary, AB, Canada
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There is no way I am the only that have experienced going to the races alone. I have blogged about my nervousness. But, I also know it has to do with a positive attitude. I want to have fun.. any tips on having fun at the races alone?
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