Here are a few things I learned (or perhaps re-learned):
- Choice of music matters. I don't usually run with music, but since I had no-one to talk to, today I did. I started with Ziggy Marley. It got me all mellow and at peace with myself, but didn't motivate me to speed up to much faster than a slow jog. I switched to Andy Grammer and picked up my pace by at least a minute per mile.
- Remember a cell phone. My regular running partner always carries hers, so I tend to leave mine behind. But running solo means being self-sufficient. I don't expect to need my phone, but definitely want it with me in case of emergency.
- Commit to the distance. Running with someone means being held accountable. Running solo means no accountability partner. Today I failed to commit to the distance, and ended up running shorter than I would have if I was running with someone else.
- Make sure the iPod is charged. I ran solo again on Sunday and didn't check my iPod charge ahead of time. It died about a mile and a half in. With nobody to talk to and no music, it felt really lonely out there.
Do you regularly run solo? What would you add to the list?