They were your motivation; your fuel and inspiration to continue your struggle through the finish line. You depended on them, and they depended on you. But what do you do if you find yourself alone?

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If you're the type of runner that gains strides and personal records when you run with someone else, then you might find this interesting. According to a 2011 study by the Psychology of Sports and Fitness, the results of your workouts are significantly increased when you do it with a partner. 43% of runners drop out early when they run alone, but only 6.3% drop out when they run with a partner.

Interesting, right? Strength in numbers.

So what happens when your partner leaves you? Or, maybe you left them? Well, there are several options that you could choose from. First, find a new partner. One that thoroughly understands your commitment and passion for running. Go to a running club, and keep going until you've banded with a good group of runners. You'll likely find what you're looking for.

Your second choice is to go solo. For a lot of runners, this option is chosen the most. Like a break-up, it's hard to move on. It feels lonely at first, but then you remember the reasons why you were so good at finishing your runs in the first place. The inspiration never left you. While you may not have a partner anymore, the advise and motivation still lingers. There's also this sense of accomplishment that makes you stronger for being on your own. You can call it pride or individual growth, but either way, you find that running alone is inspiring.

Why do you run alone?