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Old 5th Feb 17, 02:19 PM
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Do you train better on your own or with others?
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Old 5th Feb 17, 07:59 PM
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A bit of both really. I like training with others but sometimes prefer being on my own. It's all about being in the right mindset for good training I think.

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Old 5th Feb 17, 08:51 PM
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as much as I miss running with people, it's quite nice being on my own as it doesn't matter if I'm having a rubbish run and want to take it easy/walk etc...
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Old 6th Feb 17, 06:05 AM
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Better with others but i dont do it very often .
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Old 6th Feb 17, 09:30 AM
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Depends if they are faster or slower than me. Slower and i'll be brought down to their level, faster and it makes me push myself harder.
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Old 6th Feb 17, 09:32 AM
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I've never really trained with others. I quite enjoy the peace of being out alone to be honest. I suppose training with others might help when doing tougher sessions, but at the same time doing those alone helps build mental strength. I might be joining the local running club soon to get access to the track, so I may well find out soon enough.
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Old 6th Feb 17, 12:03 PM
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Real Name: Adrian   Age: 51   Gender: Male  
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I've never really trained with others. I quite enjoy the peace of being out alone to be honest. I suppose training with others might help when doing tougher sessions, but at the same time doing those alone helps build mental strength. I might be joining the local running club soon to get access to the track, so I may well find out soon enough.
It was at track sessions that i found out i could run faster while training with others , my bet James would be the same for you , there is always someone to chase unless of course your the quickest runner there !!!!!!
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Old 6th Feb 17, 12:25 PM
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It was at track sessions that i found out i could run faster while training with others , my bet James would be the same for you , there is always someone to chase unless of course your the quickest runner there !!!!!!
I think you are correct. Who doesn't run faster in races? Not many, I'd guess. Why? It's competitive, a) against the clock and b) against others.

Whilst I enjoy the peace and tranquillity of training alone, as RunSpoonRun does, I fully admit that training with, and being competitive against, others raises my game whether it is football, running or in the gym. I always want to beat that person or at least push myself further, so it can only help providing you're training with someone on a very similar level.
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Old 6th Feb 17, 03:18 PM
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I almost never train with others, but I certainly run quicker if another runner happens to see me out on the trails Us psychologists used to call this "social facilitation" at least when I were a lad.
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Old 6th Feb 17, 03:37 PM
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Bit of both. Long runs seem easier when there are others to chat too.

The only downside is club nights sometimes turn into tempo runs as people pickup the pace. You start at an easy 8:00\mile and before you know it, you're cruising around at 6:45 putting in much more effort than you planned.

Intervals and hard sessions are a lot better with others to share the suffering
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Old 6th Feb 17, 04:06 PM
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Bit of both. Long runs seem easier when there are others to chat too.

The only downside is club nights sometimes turn into tempo runs as people pickup the pace. You start at an easy 8:00\mile and before you know it, you're cruising around at 6:45 putting in much more effort than you planned.

Intervals and hard sessions are a lot better with others to share the suffering
Yes a bug bear i have is our weekly intervals session nearly always turns into a race, with people not taking the full INTERVAL time, which imo is the important part of INTERVAL training. Some might just as well do a straight tempo run. Gosh that annoys me haha.

To answer the question, bit of both I think, depends what sort of run it is...

Tempo runs - Do seem easier with someone else, esp if they are faster or as fast as you as doing them on my own always seems harder for any given pace.

Intervals etc - are easier in a organised setting with someone being in control I think.

Long runs - i'm 50/50, often, like James above has said I just like the 'me time' it gives, put some music on and just lose myself. Other times its nice to just have a chat and it helps pass the time if its a LSR.

Short easy runs - no point, id rather put my music on and just get it done.
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Old 16th Feb 17, 04:49 PM
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2014: 2,857.00 miles
Week: 39.21 miles, 5 hrs 1 min
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Mostly on my own. Occasionally with others.
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