3 Things to Consider Before Joining a Running Group

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Joining a running group can do wonders for your performance and motivation, and it’s a great way of meeting new, like-minded people. If you’re considering joining one, here are a few things you should keep in mind before taking this step.

Friends or Strangers?

Do you already have a running group in mind that you could join or do you want to find a new one? If you feel comfortable running with your friends, form a running group together or join an existing one, but feel free to fly solo if you want to meet some new people.

Different Schedules

Planning social activities with a large group of people can be pretty difficult, and running groups are no different. To avoid the scheduling drama, discuss these details beforehand, and decide for yourself if the time when the group is usually meeting works for you.

Fitness Level

Running groups can play an important role in improving your performance, but that’s not the case for everyone. If you and the other group members aren’t on a similar fitness level, you’ll either struggle with keeping up or feel like they’re slowing you down. That’s why you should put extra effort into finding a running group that matches your fitness level.