Benefits of Group or Team Running

Running is often thought of as a solo sport, but you're missing out if you always hit the roads by yourself. Ask someone to join you for a run or sign up for a local running club, team, or charity running group so you can enjoy the following benefits:


Safety First

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It's obviously much safer to run in pairs or with a group. It's tough to get lost if you're with a group and, even if you do take a wrong turn, you have each other to figure out how to find your way. When running with a group, you're less likely to need to listen to music, which means you won't be distracted or not able to hear cars or other hazards. And if someone in the group gets injured or sick, there's always someone there to help. Potential attackers are also more likely to strike a lone runner than they are a group.


Creative Stimulation

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Some people prefer to run alone so they can sort out their thoughts and do some brainstorming. But running in a group may actually get your creative juices flowing even more than running solo because you're able to bounce ideas off other people and ask them for feedback on a project or problem you're working out.


Motivation Boost

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With group running, you get your own personal cheering squad. Members of running clubs and teams root each other on during races and support one another through long runs. You'll also be more motivated to stick to your training because you and your running partners will hold each other accountable. It's harder to blow off a workout when you know that your teammates are expecting you to show up.


Improved Performance

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Let's face it: Everyone thrives on a little healthy competition. When you're running with others who are encouraging you to run faster and harder, it's easier to take it to the next level. When running alone you may be tempted to cut your workout short, but trying to keep up with running buddies encourages you to do that extra hill repeat.


Career Benefits

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While some deals are sealed on the golf course, plenty of important business conversations have also taken place between runners on the road. Running with co-workers, clients -- even your boss -- is a great way to network and build your professional relationships in an unassuming way. Meeting new people through running is also a great way to expand your professional circles and potentially find a new job, make new contacts, or learn about other business opportunities.


Bust Boredom


Although I do sometimes like my alone time when running on my own, my group runs fly by much faster. It's tough to get bored when you're running with others. You're also more likely to explore new running routes when running with a group, which will definitely make your runs more interesting.


Sense of Community

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Running with a group gives you an incredible sense of community. Whether you're racing together, volunteering at a race, or cheering on your teammates, it's fun and rewarding to be connected with like-minded people and be part of something that's bigger than you. Runners can really relate to each other and are supportive of one another through running (non-running) problems and triumphs.


Expanded Social Circle

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Anyone who has run with a group knows that it's a great opportunity to get to know people with similar interests. Many people (myself included) have met their spouse, significant other, or close friends through a running group or club.  Some runners end up traveling to destination races with friends they've met in running clubs or charity running programs.

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