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Get Motivated: Join a Running Group

Starting a running routine can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you don't feel that you are a natural born runner. The thing is though, like all new things you try, you've just got to start off slow, and know that we are pack animals. Often, it is way more fun to run with a group.

Finding a running group could be the motivation you are searching for to dust off those sneakers. If you check out local newspapers, libraries, health food stores, and sporting goods stores, you're bound to see listings for running groups. There are groups out there for all levels of runners. You can get pretty specific and find women only groups, or even new moms with strollers groups.

Regular meeting times and the group dynamic will motivate you to get on an exercise schedule. Chances are high there will be other newbies there too, so you won't feel intimidated. The best part is that running with a group is an awesome feeling. If at any time you feel like you can't make it another foot, somebody will be right there to encourage you to exceed your personal limitations. The energy of the group is really inspiring.

Plus joining a running group is a great way to make new friends that share your healthy goals. I bet you can even swap healthy snack and dinner ideas. They may even persuade you to make other healthy goals, like to sign up for a 5K run. Running with others can make an otherwise boring activity seem much more fun, and when you're having fun, the time will go by much faster.

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lucyS lucyS 8 years
mominator, go to the runner's world website and print out their beginner's running program. It's a walk/run program to build you up slowly. I began this in March when I was sick and tired of being out of shape. I've lost 15 pounds and I'm now training for a half marathon. And believe me, I was NEVER an athlete EVER, lol. So if I can do it, you can too. Let me know how it goes.
mominator mominator 8 years
I miss running. I use to be a fast runner when I was a teen. Now I can't run to my front door with out giving out of breath or having my butt plow against me. I hate that feeling. I wish I knew how to get back in shape and how long it would take to get up to a good run.
lucyS lucyS 8 years
Spectra, I used to be a loner runner too and I still do my long runs myself with my mp3, but honestly, you can't beat the companionship for the regular runs. And also, some of those ladies have kicked my butt and made me run harder and better than I ever would just by myself.
lucyS lucyS 8 years
It's the best thing ever! I'm training for my first half marathon and my women's running group has been the greatest support imaginable. We do meet at 5:30 in the morning due to work schedules but other than that it's a blast! We've seen some beautiful sunrises, have hilarious discussions, and top it off with a nice coffee and chat at the end.
courtney422 courtney422 8 years
I will definitely try to do this.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I tried to find a running partner, but no one wants to run 11 miles with me. I take my MP3 player along and I'm pretty self-motivated, so I guess it's ok that I don't have a running buddy.
renaimarie renaimarie 8 years
My mom and her friends started a running group 18 years ago (when I was four!) and it's still going strong and many of the original members still go. They do it once a week on Wednesdays after work, and make a potluck out of it. The host changes every week and they stick to a pretty regular rotation. I still go with her when I'm at home visiting. There is tons of amazing healthy food and wonderful people! It's one of the best support/motivational groups I've ever been around.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
I need to do this -- motivation!!
alannahbean alannahbean 8 years
Actually, this is a pretty timely post - I just signed up for a 10k team with my all women's gym! I thought I'd be the slowest person out of a three gal group, but there are twenty of us at all levels being led by a kickbutt trainer, and it's a blast! Everyone's found a running buddy, and we all push ourselves more than we would if we were running alone. Great advice, fit!
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