Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week’s Tuesday Topic: Tips for finding running groups. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post.
It can definitely be hard to find running groups whether you’re a beginner or an expert. Here are a few tips that have helped me in the past.
Online Running Groups
Online running groups are definitely not the “norm”, but they can be amazing and so inspiring. For this example, I’m going to use the Peloton community. There are several running instructors at Peloton and they each have their own fan groups on Facebook and Twitter. The website, PeloBuddy, has a great list of all the instructor groups with link to their pages. I’m part of several of these groups online. Although I don’t post in the groups often, I always love reading all the posts for helpful tips or inspiration.
Visit a local running store
Years ago we had a Fleet Feet store in my city. I used to go in there all the time when I first started my running journey. Luckily for me they were just starting to form a running group so I ended up joining it. This was the first running group I joined and they actually helped me train for a half marathon. It was a great experience because I was able to learn so much about running form, interact with other local runners and make a few friends.
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There are a couple of local running groups where I live. But it wasn’t until I found the Trail Sisters that I knew I found my people. As a mostly solo runner, it was hard to find a group that was a good fit. I think asking local running stores for suggestions is a good start!
That’s why I run solo now – mainly because I am not running races, but also I just haven’t found a good fit here over the past few years.
Kimberly Hatting says
When a friend & I organized our first local Turkey Trot (11 years ago already), we instantly had a pool of local runners. He then started a Facebook page, and the rest is history. We don’t seem to have a lot of organized group runs, but there’s good interaction on the FB page for a variety of fitness-related activities & support. My online friends have really been my biggest network!
I love that story!
Debbie @ Deb Runs says
Local running stores are a great place to find a running group. If they don’t sponsor group runs, they usually know several groups they can refer your way.
100% agree! Unfortunately the Fleet Feet store here closed a few years ago, but they provided everyone with information on other local run groups.
Online running groups can be so motivating! I’m part of a Strava group that competes against other groups. Everyone encourages one another to get more points. Our group has quite a few injured runners at the moment, so we’ve been losing quite a few places over the past weeks.
I totally forgot about the Strava group – definitely great for some extra motivation and competition.
I started running with a group out of fleet feet.
Online groups are great to get info.
Just going to local races helps meet people to run with.
I definitely agree that local races are great to find people to run with.
Deborah Brooks says
You know how much I love my running group! Creating our group10 years ago changed my life in ways I never imagined. I feel so very lucky to have found them
Zenaida Arroyo says
As a solo runner I have yet to find a running group for me. Not giving up as I know one day I will find it.
this is a wonderful idea and i think I will propose this idea to my workout friends
i can try this at my place as we moved recently I need a frnd or two for running