I love group runs. Seriously, I very seldom run alone these days. I’m not 100% sure whether this is a good or a bad thing. I do run at least once a week with my dog and possibly with my son, but I’m not sure that counts as running alone either. Do you have a preference as to whether you run alone or run with a group?
Personally, I like the group run for the following reasons ……..
1 – You get to meet other like-minded individuals and it’s OK to talk running, triathlon, nutrition, etc. the whole time. This is not the case in everyday life. Other people’s eyes glaze over when the discussion comes around to your training routine. This is not the case when you’re out on the run with other “crazy” people.
2 – Running in a group holds you accountable. Typically speaking, my alarm goes off before 5 AM to head out for a group run. I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve wanted to hit snooze and roll over and go back to sleep. I can count the number of times that I’ve actually done so because I’m meeting others. They hold you accountable. They got out of bed and got themselves to the run spot, you need to do the same! Having someone waiting for you makes you much more likely to make the run.
3 – Running in a group pushes you. Or at least it does me. I run with a wide variety of folks. Several of those people are faster than me. This pushes me to push my pace and try to keep up with them. As a result my times have started to come down. Win, win.
4 – You get to meet awesome people. Not only are they like-minded, they’re awesome. I love to hear other people’s stories of how they started running or triathlon, what they have done, the obstacles that they have faced, etc. I find it all so inspirational.
5 – You form incredible friendships. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if it’s because you have so much time to talk as you’re logging 30+ miles each week or what, but I do know that some of the people I have met on the trail have becomes such great friends of mine. Who knows if we would have met otherwise? I don’t!
I could probably list out so many reasons more. But to make this long story short, I love to run in a group. How about you?