So you at times love being around some good friends for the chit chat and camaraderie. But during your runs, you prefer to be alone as running is time away from folks after the constant necessity in our personal lives or work lives to be social. And there will be no snot rockets or your back to nature habits with a group or a friend or two tagging along. You got kids and work hard and have some good friends but it is time to get out there away from it all. So for that one hour a day or however long you float along in the great outdoors, you now have time to think and reflect and burp and whatever else you do out there which is social taboo during that joyful time alone. And the reflecting and the creative process can mostly only be achieved solo.
But wait, it is so much fun to be with a friend who keeps the same pace and you can talk to while doing a scenic run together and at the same time have a running soul mate. Or preparing for a race, a mate or two that can push each other for the needed preparation.
Ah and the group runs of multiple runners all going out to share the fun together. And after the social run, sharing a meal together as there is a common bond in this youthful activity to talk runner talk.
Personally, running is a sport that makes us different animals because we do not need anyone and no equipment is needed, except at most a pair of shoes. So the enjoyment of being that loner is how many of us describe ourselves. So when it is 10 degrees with a substantial wind chill index and other folks are heading for the indoors for their workouts, us running are loving the solitude out there which is a defining personally trait in many of us.
Then there is the tag along of a runner you see out there, who we run along with for half the run and then go back to the wonderful reflective moments alone. For many who are out there more for the fitness equation, it makes sense to hang with a partner or two.
In conclusion, find your niche as running is a great way to meet folks and even make new friends. I believe the true runner, because of personality traits, will mostly be solo runners with the occasional group run. But as stated through our discussion, running is very personalized so enjoy them any which way it comes.