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5 Benefits of joining a local running club

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5 Benefits of joining a local running club as seen in Cain's Weekly Rundown on 2/13/2023

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Now here are 5 benefits of joining a local running club!

1. It can be fun and motivating

Many people find running alone to be boring and tedious. Running with others can make the time pass quicker, and the miles seem shorter, and feel less like a chore and more like an adventure. When you run with people who have similar goals, you’ll find yourself being more motivated to get out there for each run. There’s also a factor of accountability that comes into play, and you’ll find yourself sticking to your training plan more closely, since there are others counting on you to show up to runs.

2. You’re able to push yourself a little more

When you see others running a little faster than you, or running a bit further, it may inspire you to pick up the pace, or push yourself to go beyond the distance. Running with others really can help you work a little harder than you would when running alone, which may allow you to see the progress of your hard work shine through! It’s natural for runners to see their pace gradually improve over time by keeping up with their running friends during group runs.

3. Make new friends who have similar interests

One of the best things about running in a group is that it’s a great way to meet new people. If you’ve just moved to a new area, or recently developed an interest in running, joining a group can help you meet like-minded people with similar interests. Have you ever tried talking about your long run with a non-runner friend? Much less excitement than chatting about your training with your new running club buddies.

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4. It’s safer to run with others

If you’re running alone and something happens, there may not be someone around to help. Not to scare anyone who prefers to run alone! But it is naturally much safer to run with others, especially if you’re often running early in the morning or late at night to accommodate your work schedule. You never know when an injury may arise, or an external factor may present some danger. If you’re running in a group, someone will always be there to lend a hand.

5. It’s an opportunity to learn from others and improve your technique

If you’re looking to improve your running technique, or base knowledge, group runs can be a great opportunity to learn from others. Running with more experienced runners allows you to pick up on things that may be difficult to learn on your own. Are you curious about your stride, how to fuel, or race-related questions? Seek out the leader(s) of the group, and surely, they’d be happy to impart some wisdom.

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5 Benefits of joining a local running club as seen in Cain's Weekly Rundown on 2/13/2023