As I’m sure pretty much everyone knows, the best running holiday around occurred on Wednesday. Of course I’m talking about National Running Day!
I’m one of those people that likes to celebrate big events like birthdays and such for an entire week so I was pleased that my beloved DC Trifecta made National Running Day their topic of the week for the Friday Five.
And celebrate I did. Wednesdays are a “dad day” for Betty so I was able to run not once, but TWICE! I was up not-bright (because it was still dark outside) and very early for 4 miles on the treadmill and then after work I hurried over to one of my favorite places on the planet—that would be Charm City Run—for a small group 2 mile fun run that changed to 3 miles when we decided that 2 was just not enough.
Sometimes I forget how much I LOVE running with a group. So today my Friday Five is
Five Things I LOVE About Group Runs!
1) Discovering New Routes!
Nearly every group run I’ve attended has occurred off my home turf. I love my neighborhood, but the same routes over and over again can get a little stale. It’s fun getting out there with other like-minded people and checking out some new terrain! Which brings me to…
2) Making New Friends!
This community is like a family! When I started running I never considered the amount of awesome friends I would make in the process. I could go to a group run or race knowing absolutely no one and leave with at least one new friend every time.
3) Less Stress…
Is it weird that I feel more pressured on a solo run than on a group run?
I have an issue in general with going out too fast and when I’m running by myself I have a hard time not thinking about my pace. When I’m running with a group I’ve been tempted to leave my Garmin in the car along with my Yurbuds and if I wasn’t so obsessed with tracking my mileage on Strava right now I probably would. I love finding someone in the group who runs at the same comfortable pace as I do and then spend the next several miles chatting without a care in the world over how fast we’re going.
PS. If you’re on Strava, link up with me! And if you’re not, you should be. Strava rocks.
4)…But Sometimes Extra Motivation When the Going Gets Tough!
I might not be worried about my pace out there, but running with others definitely pushes me harder when I need it!
Like for example, during our National Running Day outing, we hit some pretty serious hills about halfway in. I was running with two friends—that I had just made about 10 minutes prior because once again runners are awesome—and we were all groaning about them, but having those guys with me was the extra push I needed to destroy those hills!
5) That Great Feeling When You Get It Done!
I generally feel pretty good about myself after (most of) my runs, but there is something to be said about sharing a kick-ass sense of accomplishment with others!
The event on Wednesday was also sponsored by Team in Training and they had an awesome volunteer at the end armed with water for us to drink and motivational words on a job well done. As more of us rolled in there were high fives and shared stories of how the run went for everyone. We were all feeling fantastic and ready to talk about our experiences. No matter the fitness level, I always feel so inspired by other runners and love hearing their stories, especially right after a run!
Writing this post has me so excited to rejoin my MRTT Ladies on Sunday morning for another great group run!
How did you celebrate National Running Day? Did you attend a group run? What are some of your favorite things about running in a group?