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