The benefits of exercise only increase when you workout in a group. Running is no exception. Many communities already have running clubs that you can join. If yours does not, starting your own running group is a fairly simple and fun process. To start up your own running group, just follow the steps below.
Find Friends to Join
You can’t start a running group if you do not have anybody to join. When starting up your group, think of at least three friends who will likely want to join your crew. They will serve as your base. Plus, this way, you will have at least three other “managers” of the club if you are ever absent. To find other members, ask your friends if they know anybody, post an ad at a local sporting goods store, or create a post on social media stating that you are looking for members.
You can also create a new running group subdivision in a current community group. Ask the creator of the group to create your own subdivision that you’ll manage on your own. Whether it’s for slower-paced runners or runners with a particular niche, you’ll be surprised what kind of club you can create. However, it is important to ask for permission first.
Keep a Persistent Pace
It’s best to find running buddies that run at the same pace as you or else you will increase the risk of somebody becoming injured. In order to make sure that you are all at the same pace, try leading a conversation. If you can comfortably do this, you’ve officially found your next running group member. Setting a persistent pace for your running group will ensure that everyone can have fun with exercise.
Pick Dates For Your Group to Meet
Being in charge of a running group also means being responsible for choosing the meeting dates and times. Use social media and text messages to contact your group with your next run. If you have a few members that live in different towns, choose one agreed upon location to start for each run.
Prevent Unscheduled Stops
Even though your running group will have rest stops, it is your responsibility to reduce the need for you or your group to stop in between. This means not participating in any activity that will tire you out before your run. You and your group should also avoid eating and drinking anything that won’t agree with your stomachs, like high fiber or spicy foods. The day or night before your group run, choose healthy and safe meals to prevent unnecessary stops or a canceled run.
Have a Leadership Rotation
Instead of only you being in charge of your group, name two to three captains who can work with you to organize and plan runs each week. Create a rotating schedule for your captains so one person can be in charge while the others get a break.
The captain in charge can help lead the route, prepare drink coolers, and make sure that everyone has the right fluids beforehand. They should have a charged phone on them as well, in case of emergencies.
Skip on Headphones
You should leave your headphones at home. The point of having a running group is having friends to talk to after all. Keep the saying, “runners learn from other runners” in mind, especially if you are in a group of people you do not know well.
You should also see if your group has a particular interest that you can all talk about, like a favorite restaurant, race to train for, or TV show. The more you all talk together, the more your group will grow and become a closer running team.