2. Running forces you to focus on the present
You hear it all the time: As a culture we are more distracted than ever before, to the extent that our attention spans are changing. While you may think you’re good at multitasking, the reality is that nobody really is. The most meaningful social interactions are the ones in which you give your full attention to the other person in your presence, and vice versa. When you run, even if your phone is with you, it gets put away. You simply move forward with your running crew and focus on the conversation and the task at hand.
3. Your running friends understand you
Your running friends know the tummy troubles, the achy muscles, the euphoria of a workout completed. You don’t have to explain the excitement of finding the perfect electrolyte drink or the best-fitting shorts because you are all on the same quest together. What’s more, running is so much more physical than many activities we engage in with others. As a result, we tend to get comfortable sharing things we would otherwise exclude from polite conversation. It’s not weird to pee in the woods during a group run, or to blow a snot rocket (as long as you don’t hit anyone). Your friends understand and probably find your quirks endearing.