This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  Benefits of running with a group.  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

I’ve been running on my own for the past couple of years.  I like it and will write about it next week.  However, I’ve run with a group as well.  There are benefits for both.  This week I will write about running with a group.


➡️ Motivate each other.  I ran with CARA while training for my first marathon.  The runners and pace leaders were wonderful.  I remember a couple of runners in my group were also training for their first marathon.  We all motivated and encouraged each other.  I also remember that during the marathon my feet were hurting a lot and I wanted to quit.  Two runners that I trained with and were also running the marathon with me told me not to quit and to keep going.  I did not quit.  Glad I listened to them.  🙂

➡️ Accountability.  When you know others will be waiting for you at your set location, you will not be tempted to miss/skip your run.  I have paced several training groups and it was very important for me to show up because I knew others were counting on me to be there.  

➡️ Safety.  If anything were to happen to you, at least you will have someone to make sure you’re OK.  One time I was running with a friend and I fell.  Luckily it wasn’t serious and she helped me get up and made sure I was OK.  Then I think I cried and then laughed.  She laughed with me too.     

➡️ Social networking.  When you run with a group you meet other individuals with the same interests.  You will make new friends.  There will be fun events to go to and more fun things to do.  I love reading Darlene’s posts because she always does many fun things with her running friends.   

Do you prefer to run with a group or solo?


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12 Comments on Tuesday Topics: Benefits of running with a group

  1. Yes to all of these points!
    I love running in a group. In fact, I generally love being together with runners because there’s always something interesting to talk about.
    Particularly on long runs it helps to have people with you – time flies by much faster that way.

  2. That’s for the mention. I agree with all the benefits that you mentioned.

    I feel lucky to be part of a group. And to be able to join other groups in the summer.

    I do wish I had a group to train for my marathon. But it was in NYC and I don’t live there. Cari was lucky with that.

  3. Agree with everything that you mentioned, especially social networking as it’s a such a great benefit that comes from running with others.

  4. I am all about my run squad! The motivate me, encourage me to sign up for challenges I never thought I would do and they have become my best friends. A gift I will always treasure

  5. The safety aspect is a good point. When it’s hot I like to start my long runs in the dark, and I’m always thinking I should have a group (or a dog!) to run with.

    • I know what you mean. A few times I met some friends at 4am to run along the lakefront. No way would I have gone that early alone but I had to because it was a hot day that day.

  6. It’s funny I don’t really think about the safety factor, but it’s true, there’s one part of our bike path that I really love but I don’t run it since I’m on my own.

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