Do you run with groups?

Last week, I shared my running progress through the years.  Most of my running life, I did my own thing and ran alone and occasionally met a friend for a run.

In Houston, I got connected with a running group and loved it- I loved the accountability of track workouts, the dependability of people expecting me for a long run, and the conversations that helped the miles fly by. (Not to mention my awesome running buddy, May, who would me for other weekly runs as well!)

So when we moved, I knew I would want to connect with groups as soon as possible.

I’ve found two groups that I really like for different reasons.  One does track workouts and long Saturday runs, the other does Sunday long runs which I have used as a recovery run for 8 miles or so.

It’s helped me feel connected to the running community here and given me many new ideas for running routes.

I’ve also linked up with some local runners through another blogger, Steph.  She invited me to join her and her friend for 4 miles a week or two ago, and then we did 14 together last weekend.

I’m still working on meeting other moms here, but at least my running friends are coming together quickly!

Do you run solo, or with groups? What do you find are the benefits to each?


72 thoughts on “Do you run with groups?

  1. I mostly run alone. I have one friend who is a good running buddy, but her schedule is crazy. I just found a running group, but most women are training for the MCM so they are running longer and slower than I am looking for right now.
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  2. I love running w/ both groups and other people individually. I do love my solo runs, too. They are all good for different reasons! I’m glad you were so quickly able to connect with others!
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  3. I joined up with a running group when we first moved to the Cape. I was so nervous at first but I ended up really loving it! I’ve taken some time off to have Aub but I am trying to carve out that time again to go because running with them not only gave me that group to talk with but it made me 10X faster!
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  4. I usually run solo and try my hardest to make a long run on Saturday’s with a group. But some weeks 8 a.m. is just too late to meet. I would absolutely love to have a regular running buddy. Just need to find another crazy for butt crack of dawn runs! :)
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  5. I love the local running community and have been enjoying small group runs. I like the accountability for speed work and knowing that other folks are logging long miles on the weekend makes it easier to go far. But, sometimes there’s something to be said for running alone!
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  6. Right now I run solo. I like the solo runs because I can just turn off my mind and concentrate on running. My husband sometimes joins me on his bike and that does help with accountability. There are a few great running clubs that I would like to join when my youngest is out of high school.
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  7. I’ve always been a lone wolf when it comes to running because I feel like my schedule changes so much. I’m sure if I really made the effort I would love a group run. Truth is I love my alone time too!

  8. I usually run solo since I don’t know many other runners in the area. I do know there is a running club near me, but they only do weekend runs and that conflicts with family time for me:) I might just have to start my own!
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  9. I do all of my runs alone. Every once in a great while I will do one with my hubbie though. I would love to find a running group that did long runs on the weekend….but we don’t have any. Funny thing is that where we used to live in IL they totally had a long run group on Sat am but at that time I wasn’t running that far so I never went…now I wish I had that :).
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  10. I do both and for different reasons, I love my time alone to run but also the social aspect is fun too. It really depends on my mood and the needs of the run. You should look into Moms Run This Town and see if they are near you (or start a chapter) it is a fun, free group of mom runners :)
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  11. Running groups are awesome. I used to run track every Wednesday and long every Saturday with my running club. Then people started getting into triathlons, having babies, both of which changed their running schedules so recently the only ‘group” I run with is my cross country team. Running with friends really makes the miles fly by though.
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  12. I do both. I have one or two runs a week solo and the rest are at least with my husband or a larger group. I do track workouts on Thursday night with the Triathlon club and occasionally go long with other running club friends. It may just be me, but I feel closer to friends that I run with than to other friends. When we run, I am a little distracted and don’t feel as reserved as I do when I’m doing something else, like sitting and having coffee. Plus, as runners, we always have something to talk about!
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  13. That is great news – I’m really happy for you!! I used to run with a few ladies from the gym that I worked at and we were all marathon training and it was just an amazing support group! Nowadays it’s harder for me to get out of the house on any kind of schedule and we like a lot of family time on the weekends so it makes it hard. I still love to plan a few runs with good friends but, unfortunately for now, they are few and far between!
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  14. I do a combination of the two. I live a 30 minute drive from the city where I work (and where most of my races are) so for a long time, I just ran on my own. Then I found out that my yoga studio had a running group, so now I do my Mon/Wed runs with them (before AM yoga) and the rest on my own. Sometimes we get together for long runs, too, but most everyone does half marathons and I’m on my own for my first full this fall!

  15. Through the first 10 years of running, I ran mostly with groups. I loved the motivation, accountability, and (when I led the group) the chance to help & inspire other runners. Since we’ve moved, I haven’t joined up with another group and it’s worked because I need more flexibility in scheduling than I did in the past. I get my workouts done on my time, instead of when the group is meeting. There are benefits to both & when it works out, running with a group can be amazing!
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  17. Recently, a few of my friends and I have been running together, in a group. My hubby is in the military and, when I read the title of your post, I could help reminisce on some of the stories he’s told me about running “in formation”. I guess that counts as running in a group. He says that, the way the do it, they all have to line up perfectly even with the guys in front and in back of them, and they all basically have to keep the same pace, the entire time, usually with someone yelling cadence. He said that some of the runs can get pretty tough. Well, I’ve been enjoying your blog! I look forward to reading more!
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  18. I am really happy to hear that you have found two groups. I totally agree that the accountability and comradery aspects of running with groups. I also find that it is not a bad idea to run with multiple groups as each has its own personality.

    My happy medium is running a few days with the group and a few days by myself each week for decompression/self reflection time. I really do miss my running buddy. But happy and excited about her journey in Jersey :)

  19. I’ve been running with larger, organized groups and with smaller groups of friends. I love them both. My group runs are usually speed work while my fun run, friend groups are the early morning runs…the ones that are hard to talk myself into! I’ve actually met a ton of friends through run groups – these groups were a huge help for me when I moved to a new state!

    Of course, that isn’t to say I don’t like my lonely runs where I can get lost in my own head…
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  20. I do both! I used to have a routine running buddy, but we’ve grown separately in our running. While I continued through the summer, she decreased her running. I’ve missed having that routine buddy because it helped keep me accountable to get the runs in, but I do enjoy my solo runs because then I can go my own pace with how I feel.

    I love my pub runs but the thing about that is everyone runs their own pace. But the camaraderie with the other runners on the course makes it more fun!

    I think it’s a great idea to have a good mixture of both, not to mention healthy. :)
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