If you are pressed for time, you may not be a huge fan of social running. Or maybe you feel a little nervous about not being the same pace as someone–I know that held me back. I didn’t even like running with Dave who I should be comfortable with. I just didn’t like the idea of having to talk while running or feeling like I was holding someone back. Eventually I realized that social running was one of my favorite things!
Although I may want some runs to be “me” time when I get deep into marathon training–I hope to still incorporate social running. There are a bunch of reasons why I changed my outlook on social running…
Not every run is supposed to be hard
Even when training hard for a race–you are supposed to include easy days. I know that if I run alone or with music that I sometimes just want to get my run done and run too fast. So why not force myself to have an easier run by running with someone and forcing a conversational pace. You can also keep each other in line with the goal of the run. There definitely have been times I have told a friend they are going too fast for a long run!
You get to be active and social
This is kind of a given but why not accomplish two things at once? You can get your workout in and also spend some quality time with someone else! Dave and I love our long runs together because we have a good 2 hour stint with no phones and just conversation.
I love meeting new people
When I head to run meet ups or run club–I usually meet at the very least one new person. I’m definitely one of those introverted extroverts where it can be tough to get me out but I do enjoy the socializing and meeting new people.
It’s fun to inspire others to run!
It feels good to know you helped someone else and inspired them. I love hearing that I’ve inspired someone to run or try a new workout. And on the flip side–I also love when people inspire ME to do better. Maybe someone at a run helped me get through a hill or keep pace on the last track workout run. Whatever it is–doing the workout with someone else can help in so many ways!
So…Come run with me!
Cara from The Balanced Bod and I hosted a group run at New Balance Boylston street last night. Our goal is to help inspire people to find a balance between running and everything else and also just get inspired to run. We want it to be fun and something that everyone feels welcome to. Sometimes a running meetup can feel intimidating. We welcome all paces and wanted it to be a place where you can just meet other people in Boston! Join our group to stay tuned for events and get some running inspiration!