While some of us really enjoy running alone, many people prefer to run with a buddy or group. Even if it’s just every once in a while, running with one or more people can help you fine-tune (or push) your pace, help the miles go by faster, and keep you accountable. Luckily, there are several places where you can find a running buddy.
- Local Running Store. Most, if not all, offer group runs at least once a week. Sometimes they offer gear discounts for the run club or have local races/companies sponsor the run and giveaway some good swag!
- Local Running Club. Search by state on RRCA.org to find a list of all the RRCA-affiliated running clubs in your state, or search RunningintheUSA.com by state. Another good way to find a local running group is to google your city name + “run group.”
- Local Gym. Sometimes local gyms will organize training groups if there is a big annual race in the area.
- Facebook Groups. Try searching Facebook for running groups near you, or join a national running group and ask if anyone is in your area!
- Training team. There is often a fee to join a group like this because they are led by a coach who organizes workouts or will give you training tips along the way.