Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Start Your Own Running Group

If you're like me and you enjoy running, why not share the experience with others? (Trust me, it makes the time go faster!)

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 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!


Rachel said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog!

Your site looks like it has tons of info on it. I just ran the St. George marathon and am still recovering form inflammation in my knees- going to go read those knee injury articles now!

SVaught said...

Thanks for the tip of the hat to Capital Striders and the link to our web site.

We'd love to have you as a member!