Why You Should Join A Run Club
There’s something serene about running alone. It’s just you, an open path, and the wind on your face. But running in a group or a club can be just as blissful and comes with its own set of advantages. From making friends and sharing your love for this sport to trying out new things and pushing the limits – we highly recommend that you at least dabble in the idea of joining your local running club.
Do you need more encouragement? Perhaps this list will persuade you:
1. No Man Gets Left Behind
The great thing about running in a group is that everyone runs at a different speed. No one expects you to keep up with the fastest runner and you will certainly not get left behind. As long as you can cover the distance, nobody minds what pace you are running at. So, even if you’re a beginner at running, your local club will welcome you with open arms and you will have their support from the get-go.
2. You’ll Be Encouraged To Pick Up The Pace
While no one will be standing behind you with a whip forcing you to up your pace, you will naturally feel encouraged to push yourself just a little faster each time. Even though you won’t be judged for falling to the back, it’s in our human nature to try and keep up with everyone else. This means that you will constantly be in a “subconscious” battle to keep up with the guys at the frontline.
A running club is a great place to make new friends, especially ones who enjoy running and keeping fit – as you do. Clubs also tend to host many other social events, giving you time to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work and a strenuous training session. Being in a good mood is a big part of successful running and the high spirits of fellow runners will surely rub off on you.
4. You Will Always Have At Least One Race Buddy
There is no lonelier feeling than participating in a race without having friends to join you. If you are a member of a running group, however, then there will be no shortage of people willing to sign up and head towards the finish line with you. You can also enjoy training towards a shared goal together and that type of motivation goes a long way.
5. You Will Be Introduced To New Routes
Since running in a group is safer than running solo, you’ll feel more at ease venturing along new paths and routes. Your running mates might also have ideas of great places to run – places that you wouldn’t have known existed otherwise. What was once just running, could become an adventure!
6. You Will Have Your Own Group Of Cheerleaders
While family and friends may prefer to sleep in for those early morning runs, you can guarantee that your running squad will be there to cheer you on. Most club members who don’t participate in a race tend to hang around the finish line – waiting with a beer in hand if you are lucky! When you join a running club, you join a support system, there’s no doubt about it!
7. All The Information You Need About Running Will Be At Your Fingertips
No need to spend hours on Google researching the different types of running shoes, whether to take energy gels (or not) or how often you should train etcetera. You’ll have your own run-apedia right at your fingertips. Chat about everything “running” with your members while you, well, run. This way you can have first-hand insight from those who have “been-there-done-that”.
8. You Will Learn How To “Run Smart”
Like we mentioned in point 7, you’re likely to pick up tons of tricks-of-the-trade just by running with a group. You will also learn how to “run smart”. From hill sessions and off-trail running to interval track training, your fellow runners are likely to introduce new methods and running hacks to you, all while encouraging you to push harder – and smarter. This way, you will never ever get bored with running!
9. You Will Feel More Motivated To Run
Hitting the snooze button at 4 am in the morning is easy when you have no one but yourself to disappoint. But, if you have the whole club of members expecting your arrival, it’s a little harder to say “no”. And this is a good thing. You need this type of motivation to stick to your goals and get out of bed at the crack of dawn. Once you’re there, you’ll be so stoked that you made the effort.
10. Your Club Will Always Have Your Back
This is true. The next best thing about running is talking about running. The problem is that your non-running mates might not be as enthusiastic about the subject as you are (they could even go as far as complaining that you’re a bore). Your running club friends, however, will be truly interested in how your morning porridge affected your bowels on a 15-miler. Route elevation, race pace, and toenail loss are hot topics in the running world – don’t you know?
One of the greatest things about joining a running club is that you don’t have to give up running solo. You can have the best of both worlds! When you need a little peace and quiet, you can head out on your lonesome-ownsome and when you feel like you need a bit of motivation or just want to participate in some friendly banter, then you can check your club’s schedule and join them for the next session.
Do you still need to dabble?