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Spring Running Tip: Find a Running Group

Even though the weather is warming up and flowers are blooming, some days I find it hard to motivate myself to get out and go for a run. You too? So why not find a running group or club in your area? I just discovered this great resource on the Cool Running website. It has a list of all the US states, so you just click on your state and it tells you about the running clubs and associations near you. Depending on the group you choose, they run for different reasons — for fun and for exercise. Some groups organize track workouts, group runs, races, and trainings for marathons.

Running with a group of people is not only a great way to get you moving, but you'll also make friends who have similar interests as you and learn a ton about running.


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runnergirl5 runnergirl5 7 years
Ditto the previous poster - I'm a new Mom just looking to stay motivated to lose these last 10 pounds of baby weight! I successfully used a service called Meet in Real Life (MIRL) find a similarly situated running partner in my area! Sign up in your city & either post that you are looking, or click the "running" tag to see other folks who are looking. Super cool service - tons of endurance athletes & regular folks just looking to get in shape on there!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I have my bf to go running with, but the only sucky thing is that his pace is much faster than mine, so after sticking with me for the first mile, he just takes off! Its ok though. It would be cool to have some fellow female runners who run the same pace as me. Not that I can have a conversation when I run, but just for the support. Plus it would give me something to look forward to. Its easy to bail on yourself...its not easy to bail on a running group!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Good idea tidal wave. There aren't even any runners where I live on that link, bummer. I need to start running in the evenings or early morning, I'd like to find someone to run with, since I don't want to run alone in the evening dark
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
This is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too intimidating. The only running group around here are people who train for marathons and stuff. no thanks. However, I successfully used Craig's List to find a running buddy!! Search in the Platonic Personals section. I did that for W->W and found a fellow runner who is on my level (ie: very slow haha).
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