I just teamed up with one of the fitness instructors at my health club to start a group with two running days -- Friday and Saturday. A short, e-mail poll of a number of our members revealed that some runners prefer a long Friday run and others prefer a long Saturday run. Some nasty weather has challenged us, but last Friday found four of us eagerly enjoying some very windy Iowa weather for a nice six-mile run. Even though I'm the "Friday guy", I joined the Saturday group this past week for a 12-mile run.
I've written a lot about the benefits of hooking up with "workout buddies" and starting a running group supports this argument. Provocative conversation about children, family, work and -- yes, even politics -- makes the experience that much more enjoyable and fulfilling. You find anticipating these runs more often because you're sharing time with like-minded individuals.
If you’re looking for a bigger group to make connections, check out the Capital Striders in Des Moines at http://www.capitalstriders.org/group_runs.asp. This is a very active organization that hosts a wariety of group running events.
Take the first step and contact a group of your running friends about starting a group today. Make this a priority -- all it takes is an e-mail to get started!