June 19 2018
Once you've run a whole 26.2 miles, 13.1 doesn't feel nearly as far.
No matter your running goals, there’s a group out there for you. Finding yours is easy as 1-2-3.
A good place to start is your local running store or gym. In addition to offering group runs of their own, the staff there may have insider information on other runners or groups that might fit your needs.
But if you’re looking for a specific experience—say, women pursuing a Boston-qualifying time or a stroller-friendly running club for moms—fire up the laptop. The Internet is a great way to find running groups in your area! Running in the USA compiles a list of running clubs in each state, or use Meetup to search for group runs in your town.
If you’ve got any nerves about joining a group workout, send the organizer an email. Whether your concern is about the speed of the group or feeling like an imposition, getting in touch is a great way to put your mind at ease. Some questions you may want to ask:
You may feel like the new kid at school, but don’t let that keep you from following through. Almost every runner feels nervous before joining a new group for the first time, and almost every runner feels a little silly once they realize groups are super-welcoming to new runners. Tips for a winning first outing: