Running with a Group

Happy Friday Everyone! I am excited the weekend is almost here! Unfortunately, this is the week where my group starts our long runs at 6 am on Saturdays instead of 7 am to try to beat the heat – so no “sleeping in” on Saturday! We have been pretty fortunate this May in Dallas and it really hasn’t been too hot yet. We all know it is around the corner, so we are just enjoying these last few mornings in the high 60s, low 70s before it changes to mid-low 80s at 5 am. I actually got in a run this morning with one of my running ladies which leads perfectly into my topic of group running!

12 of us from the running group decided to run a Ragnar Relay together - SO FUN

12 of us from the running group decided to run a Ragnar Relay together – SO FUN

I personally have pretty much always run with a group! Growing up I participated in track and cross country and always ran as a group in practice and would run with my mom during the off seasons! In college, I also would run with my teammates and would try to find people to run with over the summer (thanks mom!). Once I graduated school, I lived at home for the first few months and trained with my mom for my first marathon and we joined the Lukes Locker Training group to have people to run with for our long runs. Once I moved out of my parent’s house, I found a group in Dallas to log miles with and not only has it helped hold me accountable, I’ve made some of my best friends through running (oh and met my husband through running!). I’ve definitely discovered that running is a great way to “make new friends” as an adult. I can’t even describe how great the group is that I have been running with the past 7 years since I moved to Dallas. We seriously are a family — the group has definitely changed throughout the years with people joining the group and moving away but we all have remained close with our weekly runs throughout the week. My husband and I both run with the same group which is fun and is also a good motivator in the mornings — don’t want to stay in bed asleep and feeling guilty while the other one gets up to run!

My husband and I both run with the same group of friends - the group got all dolled up to celebrate at our wedding. We had one of our running friends marry us as well! We also had a couple members of the group in our wedding party.

My husband and I both run with the same group of friends – the group got all dolled up to celebrate at our wedding. We had one of our running friends marry us as well! We also had a couple members of the group in our wedding party. Thank you Kym with F8 Studio for the pic


When I first joined the group, we all ran a half marathon together and pushed one member to a PR!

When I first joined the group, we all ran a half marathon together and pushed one member to a PR!

Benefits of Group Running
1. Social! – we will normally sit and have coffee for 10-15 minutes after a run and have random happy hours!
2. Have people to push you — I ran my fastest marathon when I was regularly training with a couple women in my group — it helps when you aren’t feeling that great to have that person to push you to run faster (shout out Pam and Amanda)
3. Accountability — Knowing that people are counting on you to show up in the morning makes you less likely to sleep through your alarm.
4. Fun marathon trips!
5. Make new friends with people you may not meet otherwise

My mom is one of my favorite running partners, we trained for my first marathon together.

My mom is one of my favorite running partners, we trained for my first marathon together.

I definitely do enjoy solo runs every once in awhile, I find that it is a lot easier to run easy when I am alone and don’t get pulled along at a faster pace and don’t get the recovery benefits I’m looking for. It is also fun sometimes to have that alone time just to listen to music or listen to a podcast or an audiobook.

We all like to travel to run marathons together - this was before the start of CIM in Sacramento.

We all like to travel to run marathons together – this was before the start of CIM in Sacramento.

Do you prefer to run alone or in a group?
How far are you running this weekend?
Who have you met through running?

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7 thoughts on “Running with a Group

  1. I absolutely love running with a group – our weekly run club and a trail running group I helped to create! I also trained with a partner almost 3x weekly last fall, but I find it also then helps me really savor the alone-time and meditation of running too!

  2. Whoa, I am still stuck at the getting up at 6 am to beat the heat, part! I thought we had it bad in NC, but TX weather trumps us!

    I used to be a solo runner until 2013 when I joined my local Fleet Feet for my second marathon. Other great things about running solo – schedule flexibility, not having to make friendly convo just to be nice even if you feel like crap.. I was a group skeptic for a long time, but it’s definitely made me a better runner and the community is so great. My biggest supporters are the people I run with. πŸ™‚

    • Carolyn — meeting at 6 which means I have to get up by 5:30 at the very latest! For longer long runs (16-18+) I definitely need to get up earlier to have time to eat and everything. Hope you are resting up and still celebrating your BQ!

      • Whoops – sorry for that misread! Awful. Well, at least the group helps keep accountable and the husband does too. πŸ™‚ This is why runners are such go-getters. And thank you – I am still celebrating, mostly just super relieved. πŸ™‚

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