Are you training for a half marathon? Or, do you just need help sticking to a consistent running schedule?
Whatever your goals are, joining a running group is one of the best things you can do to stay motivated and accountable. However, finding running groups isn’t always easy.
If you’re having trouble locating like-minded people in your area, read on to learn how you can find the right group today.
Reach Out to Local Organizations
One of the best ways to find a running group made up of people whose age, gender, or skill level matches your own is to search online for local running organizations.
Some good groups to check out include:
- The Road Runners Club of America: This group has a webpage that makes it easy for you to find running clubs all over the country
- Stroller Strides: This group is designed to help new moms stay fit by providing a place for them to work out with their kids
Sign Up for a Race
Many races offer group training runs to participants after they register. These runs are usually free of charge and will help you stay motivated to keep training. The race will also be more fun if you know some of the other people who are running it with you.
Visit a Local Running Store
Some running specialty stores also host group runs from time to time. They’re usually free and are advertised in the store on online.
If a running store near you doesn’t offer something like this, consider pitching it — after all, it’s great marketing and exposure for them.
Finding the Right Running Group
Once you’ve found a few different options for running groups, you can narrow down your search even further by taking the following factors into consideration:
- The type of runners in the group (long distance runners, beginning runners, triathletes, etc.)
- Time and frequency of the group’s runs and whether or not they fit into your current schedule
- Location of the group’s runs
- Do they allow you to run while wearing headphones?
You’ll also want to find out if free trial runs available before you enroll?
While there are lots of groups that are always free, some that are dedicated to more serious runners come with an enrollment cost.
Before joining one of these groups, make sure you actually like the people in it and can keep up with their current running schedule. That way, you’ll be more inclined to stick with your training longterm.
Want More Running Advice?
Joining a running group is great for staying motivated and becoming a better runner.
If you have questions about improving your running form or training for a race, you’ll have a whole group of people around who can share advice.
Don’t forget to check out our blog, too, for more tips and tricks that will help you achieve all your running goals.