Alan Sillitoe famously wrote ‘The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’ in 1959. His story was about more than running, but the need for company can still be an issue for runners today. If this detracts from your enjoyment of running, you might start off by getting a wearable device. There are a myriad of styles and designs available, but for those who want to, it is possible to listen to music or podcasts or even to conduct phone conversations while on the move. In addition, many of these devices enable you to map and record various metrics related to your run such as cadence and heartrate. These can be displayed on your phone or computer and enable you to track your progress. Some devices also offer on-line ‘communities’ that you can join and share chats with. Luckily Steve Moneghetti’s Trained by Champs program includes a similar on-line community to share experiences with or to ask questions about running related issues. If you prefer real chats with real people, then join a parkrun community or your local running club for even more support and friendship from like-minded individuals.
The 2018 Busselton Half Marathon and Fun Run is now only 13 weeks away!