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5 Benefits of Running In a Group

Trying to level up your running game? Then joining a running club might just be the push you need to run those extra miles, faster and together.

clock-circular-outline-lightPosted 14 Jan 2022
5 Benefits of Running In a Group

Trying to level up your running game? Then joining a running club might just be the push you need to run those few extra miles, faster and together.

Running clubs are definitely not new, but what is new and what we have all had to adapt to is the change in our social activities thanks to you know what (thou who shall not be named). With the last 2 years creating a distance between people, and a shift in social interactions, our sporting activities have likely evolved. IRL running clubs may have become virtual, and gym closures forced us to brave running in the great outdoors, away from our trusty all-weather treadmills, but if there's one thing for sure it's that running with a group has plenty of benefits.

As we enter another year, we're sure the general feeling is one of gratitude that we made it through 2021, and we are here and healthy. Due to our focus on our health and well-being in recent years, maintaining an active lifestyle has become increasingly imperative for both physical and mental well-being. Even though everyone's reasons for running vary, it's a universal activity that can build resilience, reduce stress, and contribute to overall feelings of positivity.

5 Benefits of Running In a Group

  • Support

  • Motivation

  • Uplifting

  • Challenging

  • Safety

Support

The number of people who attend a running club, or are part of your local group run, can make it a very supportive environment. Running beginners can benefit from having the support of other runners and having set routes organized by the club leaders, to make the transition into running a smoother experience.

You're all there for the same reason, to run, and having like-minded individuals around you, no matter what your level may be, can encourage and support you. Additionally, the group may have a page or group chat to exchange advice, encouragement, and support on your running journey. This can be a great way to mingle and find a supportive network of people. With such a supportive network around you, you'll reach your 10k goal in no time.

Motivation

When it comes to exercising, for many the biggest barrier to overcome can be finding the motivation to just get up and do it (easier said than done right?). Running as part of a club makes it so much easier to find that motivation within, especially when you know you're not going to be in this alone.

When you're part of a club or a team, there is a sense of accountability and commitment that motivates you to show up and do your best. You have a set time to show up, and you commit to trying to keep up the same pace as the group, as well as run the set distance. And since we humans are naturally community orientated and enjoy reaching goals, this group mentality and end goal can be one of the most motivating factors of all. A running club environment keeps the spirits high and motivates you to keep going.

Uplifting

It's clear that exercising has a positive impact on our mental health, and honestly, for a lot of us it is that post-workout endorphin hit that keeps us going back. Who doesn't want to do something that is guaranteed to energize and make us feel good? Being part of a running club can increase those feel-good effects and make you feel unbelievably uplifted, and honestly, it's usually a really fun time. It's the feeling of being part of a group community, being able to share stories, gain inspiration and see consistent progress that can do so much for our confidence and wellbeing.

Being part of a community and the regular socializing that comes with being part of a running club can improve our mental health and give us that boost of energy we need week-on-week.

Challenging

Many running clubs cater for all levels, from beginners just starting out to the more experienced runner looking to challenge their pace in a group environment. Running clubs can make it easier to make progress and challenge yourself, whatever level it is you’re at. You might be in a routine of running your usual set distance and don't tend to push yourself much more, but with running clubs, there is more of an incentive to run further and faster and really push yourself outside your comfort zone. This pattern of showing up, and challenging yourself to go beyond your perceived abilities can build mental strength and resilience.

Challenging yourself with each run is easier when you're held accountable as part of a group. Resulting in a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of empowerment that can be addictive (in the best way possible).

Safety

Another plus to running in a group setting is that it provides safety in numbers. For both novice and experienced runners, the safety aspect of running alone can be a real concern, especially as the nights draw in and it starts getting darker earlier. It’s perfectly understandable then, to not feel comfortable running alone in the dark or at night in winter, so joining a running club can allow some of those fears to subside so you can focus on what you’ve come to do, run. Alongside this, those only just getting on their feet with running can find it beneficial to have an experienced running coach leading them... no chance of getting lost or taking a wrong turn this way.

Read our 10 Tips For Staying Safe When Running In The Dark

TIP: Google and Facebook are gems for finding your local running club, or keep your eyes peeled for posters in your gym or sports centre, and if those still come up short, why not try a virtual running club?

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