OPINION: RUNNING WITH A GROUP (OR NOT) For those of you thinking about joining or starting a running group, Kelly O’Mara discusses the pluses and minuses in her article, “Pros and Cons of Running with a Group” for Competitor.com
The article has greater detail, but here’s her list:
Benefits - 1) Have fun; 2) Be accountable; 3) Push harder; 4) Get guidance and advice
Downsides - 1) Push too hard; 2) One size doesn’t fit all; 3) Won’t learn to suffer alone
Confession: I’ve never run with a group. It’s kind of a secret shame. I am definitely NOT opposed to joining groups. I’m somewhat but not fiercely social and have friends, but not running friends. I love to ‘power’ walk with my husband (his preferred exercise) if I’ve gotten my own training done and out of the way. And if anyone was up for it, I would take a bike ride, play tennis, or go for a swim with them after my workout was in the books. This would be at noontimes, in the evenings, or on the weekends when work permitted.
My running group-avoidance issues:
What’s the answer?
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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