Why Join a Running Club?

Posted on: 20 Sep 2014

Running Clubs are a great way to keep yourself motivated and to make the most of your evening runs, whether it's the summer or winter. If you're like me, you've been thinking of joining a running club for a while but need a bit of convincing,  before actually joining... Its a big step forward. I have come up with some reasons why you should join... it was one of the best decisions I made.

1. Motivation 

Having someone to run with others is a great way to stay motivated and focused. Having the support from people who think about running the same way you do is great as you may find that you don’t experience the boredom and difficulties that you do when running alone and that as a result you’re able to run longer and further normal. 

2. Psychology 

By becoming a member of a running club suddenly means that you can become a “real runner” rather than just “someone who likes to run”, by gaining that label, can give you such a confidence boost which will then have a huge effect on your running. 

3. Routine 

Most running clubs meet somewhere between 1 - 4 times a week, at the same time, same place, week in, week out. If you have a busy lifestyle or find that youre constantly fighting to fit in a workout after a busy day at work, then sometimes forming a regular exercise routine can be difficult. As I work in shifts, my shifts would vary week by week and it can quickly become difficult to juggle, working, studying, having family time and finally working out. By joining a running club youre able to slot it into your week like any other appointment as opposed to mustering up the willpower to get up and get out running on your own. I have to admit it's lovely to read on my calendar when it says something like "6pm HAC Ruislip - see you there". Also adding little comments like that when I write it in my calendar, somehow makes me want to go there even more.     

4. Safety 

This applies to everyone but in particular to the ladies… running alone does have its risks  especially at night or in poorly lit areas. Most running clubs which meet in the evenings will provide you with high visibility running clothing/tags. Remember that there is safety in numbers and running with a club means that you can focus more on enjoying your run with less risk to your personal safety.  

PS, I also love an app called "React" that gives me a little bit more peace when running In the dark or alone. The React Mobile app is available for download on The App Store and Google Play and has been continually evolving for over a year. Learn more about the free app at:www.reactmobile.com / https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robbmonkman/the-react-sidekick-changing-the-way-people-call-fo 

5. Socialising 

Running clubs are a great way of meeting new people with similar interests and making new friends. You may find a running partner who you can meet up with in between club sessions.  

6. Tips and knowledge 

You don’t need to have a great deal of knowledge about running technique, running kit or equipment to join a running group however it’s often a great way to pick up tips and recommendations from fellow runners. Whether is about a pair of running socks to breathing techniques, and overall help improve your overall performance. 

7. Local Routes 

Running alone can send you into a rut very quickly. When running in a group you can discover new routes and distances so that your training need never be dull. 

8. Competition 

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition. It's great when they tell you your times at the end of a training session. Once you start training with others a competitive streak that you never realised you had emerges! Running as a club can give you goals and targets to work towards in your training and also give you something to measure your progress against week in, week out. 

9. Events 

Running Clubs often enter local or national running events. Some races even offer discounted entry fees! So get affiliated with a club already. Entering a race as part of your running club can give you the encouragement to push yourself when running with and against other members of your running club. 

10. Coaching Advice 

Most running clubs are led by someone who has a background in personal training or an instructor who can often give you additional coaching tips and advice. This could be anything from how your hold yourself running, how you breathe… even tips with regards to pacing yourself so that you can run further for longer. (a piece of advice I really must listen too, I always set off too fast for myself).  

 

Preena

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