Running with a group can be one of the best ways to increase your motivation, get over a plateau, bash boredom, and help you train to your full potential.
Say Goodbye to Solo
- Are you bored with your runs?
- Are you finding it hard to keep pace?
- Do you lack motivation to train hard?
- Do you love running but just don’t feel like it anymore?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it might be time to look into running with a group.
1. Why Running with a Bunch of People is Awesome
When you find the right group, you’ll end up with running partners who run a similar pace and have similar fitness levels. You can end up making new friends (even lifelong training partners), and talking during longer runs can be a lifesaving distraction! The accountability of a set schedule and location will keep you motivated, and you still have the freedom to vary the intensity of the run. On a day you want to work harder, run with a faster group! Some running clubs are sponsored by local businesses (including bars, 21+ folks), and you’re often invited to reap the benefits post-workout. If you think you might be interested in joining a group of runners but have no idea how to find one, here are some quick tips and resources to get you on your feet:
2. Good Old Facebook
Facebook can be a great resource for runners. All you have to do is search for a running club (in your location). In the results, you’re almost guaranteed to find a local running club that you can join for free.
Social networking apps such as Meetup can also be a great place to discover running partners. Search Meetup for running, or similar activities, and you’ll be surprised at just how many local groups there are. Find the group that’s the right skill level, intensity, and regularity for you!
4. Local Running Stores
Calling around to local running stores is a fantastic way to find running groups! It’s very likely they organize their group runs and host guest speakers or trainers. They can end up offering great deals on products to group members. Get to know a local small business in your town and join their running club.
If you’re still on the fence, most running clubs offer “trial periods”, so you don’t have to feel bad if you decide running with a group isn’t your thing. You never know if you don’t try!