I have to admit that ever since I started running I really wanted to join some sort of run club (I mean who doesn’t want to be part of a club, right?!).
When I first started running I used run/ walk intervals to build my distance and I figured “real runners” who go to run clubs don’t take walk breaks.
Then once I wasn’t using walk breaks any more I figured only fast runners go to run clubs, I won’t be able to keep up with them.
By the time I was feeling confident enough to maybe find a group to run with occasionally I wasn’t working in NYC anymore (where the are plenty of run club options!) and I was surprised to find there really wasn’t a local running group near me on Long Island.
So, I figured group running was out for me for now : (
Then this past winter I began following Stacey (@capecodrunner – because how could I NOT follow someone whose name is Cape Cod Runner!) and Crystal (@carpediemcrystal) on Instagram and eventually realized the pictures they were posting from their weekly run club not only looked awesome, but looked very familiar!
They were at the Marathon Sports location that’s about 5 minutes from our place on the Cape!
So, for the rest of the winter I enviously watched them post their weekly run club pictures longing for summer to come so I could join them!
Unfortunately Crystal moved a week before I got up to the Cape for the summer, but a few weeks ago I got to my first Marathon Sports Run Club and finally got to meet Stacey and her husband!
I have to admit I was still kind of nervous about running with a group, but I had such a great time and spent most of the run chatting with Stacey and Allison, who ironically had just moved to the Cape the week before from New York!
After the run we all went next door for drinks and a bite to eat.
Since run club was going to be cancelled the next week Stacey decided to round up everyone for a group run anyways and this time I convinced Jason to join us!
Honestly, we had a great time! In just a couple of weeks we’ve gone on some great runs and met some awesome people (and people who are up for stopping for post run ice cream?? Even better!).
Looking back on it it seems silly that I was ever nervous about attending a group run!
If you’re still not sure about group running check out Stacey’s post about Joining a Run Club – I promise it’s not as scary as you may think!
Chances are there will be someone else who runs your pace, or uses run/ walk intervals, or is there for the first time, but even if there’s not, runners tend to be a pretty friendly group so you’ll be in good hands!
Do you ever run with a group or run club?
Why or why not??
**You can follow Stacey at Cape Cod Runner and although Crystal isn’t on the Cape anymore, you should totally stop by her blog Carpe Diem Crystal to check out the pictures of her amazing runs in her new home of Sitka, Alaska!**