Have you ever done something on a whim that turned out to be one of the best decisions you ever made? Just over 8 years ago, I was running solo in my neighborhood. I noticed other moms doing the same. I wondered, who these other mother runners and how can I connect with them? What did I do? I started my own chapter of Moms Run This Town. This running group changed my life in ways I never could imagine and brought me the best friends I have ever had. I am sharing my best tips on running with a group and why you should.
Excellent Reasons to Run With A Group
No chance you are skipping a rainy run or sleeping in on your Sunday Runday when you know your group is waiting for you. Groups help to forge motivation and discipline.
Running Groups have a way of motivating you to train for new distances and experiences. Relay races and racecations? Yes, please.
Sometimes running with a group can train you to run faster or at least step out of your comfort zone.
Learn new running routes
Find new trails and routes to run.
You just might make the best friendships of your life as well as build relationships in your community. Forming a virtual running community has its perks as well.
Do’s and Dont’s for Running With A Group
Do contact the group leaders or members to find out the basic details of the group runs. They should be able to answer any questions you might have. Many have Facebook groups which are a great place to connect before you head out.
Do be on time and ready to run. No one wants to wait for late runners.
Do know the route and distance ahead of time.
Do leave your headphones at home and engage with other runners.
Do come prepared with the appropriate gear needed (water, reflective gear for example)
Don’t be afraid to socialize with other runners but do keep it PG (at least until you know your group!)
Do be willing to change up your pace a bit if needed. It’s ok to run a little faster or slower than your normal pace.
Do be willing to give and accept feedback on running form etc
Don’t be surprised if you make the best friends of your life.
How to find a running group
Local running stores usually have the scoop on local running groups.
Check out Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town for chapters all over the country.
Finding your tribe can be one of the most rewarding and motivating experiences. Everyone knows that Running Friends really are the best friends. Running with a group may just be one of the best decisions you ever make as well.
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