Running alone certainly has its perks—quiet time to think is a big one. But if you want to improve as a runner, the quickest, most fun way to do that is to run with other people. Group runners tend to run more frequently as encouragement from buddies can counter the urge to blow off a workout. Friends can motivate you to push a little harder or go a little farther. As a result, you'll boost your fitness, become a smarter runner, and maintain a positive attitude about running.
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Where can I find other runners?
Inquire about group runs with your local running store or club (find clubs near you at runningintheusa.com/club). Friendly, informal runs are usually offered weekly and are open to runners of all abilities. From such outings, you'll discover other running opportunities in your area.
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What group do I join?
Larger, organized runs will typically divide runners into groups, based on their experience. If not, hang out in the back, where the slower people congregate. Make sure you can talk comfortably so you get to know the other runners. Once a week, try running with a slightly faster group. This can help improve your pace.
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Who sets the pace?
Many groups have a leader who ensures the pace is comfortable for all. If there is no pacesetter, simply monitor your breathing. You shouldn't be huffing and puffing. If you fall behind, don't panic. Runners look out for each other, and the group will ease up until you're all together again.
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Is there an etiquette to follow?
When you run with a group, simply be aware of your surroundings. If a runner is struggling or has drifted behind, suggest slowing down. Give each other enough space by not crowding too close. And if you're in the front, point out any obstacles like holes, debris, and puddles, or oncoming cyclists and traffic.
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