**Since I’m down in Brazil, I have TWO special treats for you for today’s Workout Wednesday! First is a guest post that I wrote over at Sweet Foodie (my friend and sorority sister from college!). And here on The Lyons’ Share … a guest post on training for a marathon with a group. I have personally always trained for races by myself, but Jillienne from Chasing Raspberries has had huge success in training with a group, so I asked her to share a bit about her experience today. Jillienne’s enthusiasm for trying new things, as well as the infectious smiles that she Instagrams after runs or during workouts, always inspire me to remember why I love working out and running so much! I mean, you can’t NOT smile when you see her smiling back at you! I hope this post motivates you to find a group to train with – whether it’s your first race or your 50th! Take it away, Jillienne…**
Hello The Lyons’ Share readers! First I would like to say how honored I am that Megan asked me to guest post for her while she is in Brazil! Megan was one of the first bloggers I followed when I started Chasing Raspberries. She has definitely been one of my biggest inspirations in everything from blogging to marathon training.
Speaking of marathon training… I recently started training for my very first marathon with Team Nutribullet. To give you a little back history, I was never much of a runner growing up. I can remember back to high school when we were required to run a mile in PE…I dreaded those days!
Less than I year ago, I started interval running – a minute running and a minute walking until I was able to run a full mile. Gradually I increased my mileage, and before I knew it I was running the Pasadena 10k, my very first race. That’s when I discovered and joined the Pasadena Pacers, a local running group that met every weekend. Since then I have become a member of four different running groups, including Team Nutribullet. I must credit group running for getting me through my first marathon training. I could not have done it without the support of my fellow runners.
When I first started running with a group, I was not much of a fan. During my first group run I thought to myself, “Why would anyone want to talk while they are running? Isn’t this hard enough as it is?!” I find that thought so funny now because my Team Nutribullet coach actually recommends we run slow enough during warm ups so that we can hold a conversation. I call this my “happy pace.”
I have found so many benefits from group running, including being motivated by the most inspiring runners and making lasting friendships.
Reasons to Join a Running Group
- Receive coaching from other runners
- Meet other runners within your same skill set
- Motivation and inspiration from other runners
- Regularly scheduled (weekly) runs
- Hill drills and interval training
- Learn new local routes
- Gain access to exclusive events and races
The best part of joining a running group is that most of them are free! All of the groups I have been a part of work off of donations from members. The doubleplus best part is meeting people who are like-minded with the same passion for running!
Questions: Have you ever been part of a run group? Do you prefer social running or solo running?