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Group running Find your tribe

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned runner, group running has some surprising benefits. Become a better athlete by running with the pack…

The thought of running with a group may seem alien if you’ve only ever run solo or if you’re a beginner. What if your paces don’t match up? What if you don’t want to chat constantly? And the one many runners fear: what if you get left behind by everyone else?

However, many of these concerns will be allayed once you find a like-minded group and start running together. And what’s more, there are so many brilliant benefits of group running: benefits you miss out on if you only ever head out to train by yourself.

The accountability factor

One of the biggest bonuses of group running is the fact that you have people holding you accountable for your running. Even the most dedicated runners have days when they experience that little voice in their head telling them to skip a session, simply because the thought of staying home is more appealing. But when others are counting on you to show up, it’s far easier to mute the internal voice and get out there.

“If you make a commitment to other people to turn up, it’s much harder to back out,” agrees Mel Bound, founder of This Mum Runs (thismumruns.co.uk), a peoplepowered, community-first organisation that holds weekly group runs across the country. This motivation to get out there can help to power you through even the bleakest winter days or dark evening runs – no-one wants to be the person to let the rest of the group down.

Then there is consistency. Juggling work, family, a social life and running can mean something has to give, but when you’re part of a running group and have that weekly session firmly in your diary, you know you’ll get at least one run in per week, even if you’re forced to skip others sometimes.

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Whether you’ve just run your first few steps, or you’re planning your next ultramarathon, Women’s Running is your virtual coach: here to offer inspiration, advice and support, whatever your journey. We have reviews of all the latest kit, including support shoes and sports bras, as well as your essential leg workout to help you run stronger than ever. We’ve got interviews with intrepid London Marathon runners, including Nell McAndrew, as well as with our cover star, Megan, who is the first hearing impaired person to run from John O’Groats to Land’s End. That’s a thousand miles, all told! And this month, we’ve explored the world of hormones, from puberty to menopause and everything in-between, and how we can work with them to run our very best.