Running and introverts

I've been reading Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking every night before I go to sleep. It's on my nightstand.

What struck me in this book, is Susan Cain's statement that introverts don't like crowds much. And I was wondering whether that could explain my lack of participation in races. I keep reading enthusiastic race reports of marathons, 10K's, 5K's and other types of races. And sometimes they make me wonder: am I missing out on something? Should I start participating too?

But then I think of having to be somewhere at a certain time, and at a certain place, and immediately I start feeling claustrophic. It's just not for me. I like my quiet time, and the freedom to come and go wherever and whenever I want. What can I say: I'm an introvert that way!

As a mom that freedom is severely limited, but as a runner I can still enjoy it!

Are you a lone runner, or a crowd runner?

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Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

That book sounds fascinating. I definitely think there is power in speaking less and listening more, whether you're introverted or not. I've never figured out exactly what I am- a really good mix! I do like the big crowds at races, but I can understand how others wouldn't. I definitely love solo runs, too. You're right- as moms, we need to savor that alone time! :)

misszippy said...

Interesting read, it sounds like. It's good that you know where you stand and stick to it. I do a bit of both--some runs solo and some with my fantastic group of friends. I wouldn't want to limit myself to one or the other b/c I enjoy them both.

Robin said...

I run in training mostly alone, and when I run with someone I still like my space (don't like to feel crowded). I have no problem in races though do look for open space.

Char said...

I'm an introvert but I have run in some pretty big crowds p does that make me a little schizophrenic?

Anonymous said...

I love running and training on my own (or with my daughter), but I also love the excitement of races and feeling apart of something. All the encouragement and comradery is great!

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