Running is considered as a solo sport and if you haven’t tried group running yet, you are missing the major fun of running. Running with a group running has so many benefits over running solo. If you haven’t experienced running with a group dive in to know everything about running with a group.
What is Group Running?
Group running is training for the marathon with other runners in your locality. These running groups are formed by gyms, fitness enthusiasts, experienced runners, etc. and anyone can join the group regardless of what level of runner you are.
Usually, there are no restrictions to join such groups unless you have any medical issues or had some severe injuries in the past.
The group consists of all kinds of runners from elite to beginners. Every group has a proper training plan which they follow by meeting several times a week. All runners help each other to improve their running form.
Even if you are a beginner runner you will always find a runner with the same capabilities as you in the group. There are sub-groups under the large group. These sub-groups are divided as per the running ability of the runners.
Group Running Guidelines
Well, there are some guidelines if you want to join the running group in your area. These guidelines do not apply to all groups, but if you want to have most out of running with a group then its better to adhere to these guidelines.
- It’s better to leave your earphones at your home. One of the important motives of group running is to make friends while running.
- Always be on or before time. This is the basic etiquette you need to follow because staying behind everyone is no fun and discipline will make you a good runner.
- Always stay humble and try to help your co-runners. There may be some runners in the group who are not as good as you, so you need to help other runners.
- Follow the traffic rules. Runners should run together and at one side of the road, so that vehicle traffic is not disturbed.
- Be careful before spiting, blowing your nose, etc. Don’t spoil the morning of other runners.
- Always communicate with your fellow runners. Even if you are an introvert try to start a conversation with runners. Because you all are sharing the same love for the run, so it will be fun to share some knowledge about running.
Benefits of Running With a Group
Get to Socialize
When you start running with a group, running becomes a group sport. You get a chance to interact with people who share a common interests. Many have found spouse, friends, etc in their running group.
Many runners travel for international marathons with friends they have made in their running groups.
Many running groups organize their internal marathon or other running events which makes creates a strong bond among the members of the group.
Great Source of Motivation
Running with a group becomes a great motivational factor. It’s hard to motivate yourself to train consistently for marathons if you are running solo (if you can motivate yourself then that’s cherry on the cake).
Group running motivates you to push yourself harder. While running, your fellow runners keep you motivated. Daily you will have the excitement in you to run with your runner friends.
It is always safe to run with a group than running an individual. Runners sometimes run early morning on an empty street which may generate fear in runners minds. In group running you always have the company of your fellow runners.
There is a less chance of getting lost as everyone stays together throughout the route and even if you take a wrong turn, your fellow runners are always there to guide you.
Learn From Others
This is the number one rule of a group running that you have to learn from better runners and help those who are not better than you. There is a pearl of collective wisdom in every running group which motivates every runner to share the knowledge of running with each other.
As you start running with running groups you will gradually see improvement in your running form, endurance, technique, etc. Runners love to talk about running while running.
Sometimes when the weather is not good then running solo feels little boring right?
Well, it’s difficult to get bored while running with a group. As you run with a group you discover new routes and there are always fellow runners to chat while running which always keeps your mood up for running.
In nutshell running with a group will benefit you in multiple ways. It will certainly make you a better runner and will give you exposure to more techniques of running. I will surely recommend you to join any running group in your city/locality and enjoy the experience.
Do you run with any group? If yes please let us know the name and the city in the comments so that others who are searching for running groups will find it easy to join the group.
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