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5/1/14 11:44 P

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I kind of like to be alone, but if someone invited me to join a group I would consider it

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4/29/14 12:25 P

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I have several friends who absolutely love them. Some of their groups are quite large and so split into subgroups for each run, and everyone can run with those that have similar goals and speeds.

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4/27/14 5:59 P

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I just ran with a local group yesterday for the first time. It seems large enough for people to find someone who runs the same pace while letting everyone run as fast or slow as feels right, They seem very supportive while encouraging everyone to have fun.
I am looking forward to running with them again.
It sure was a change from my plodding, solitary shuffle in the dark before the sun comes up.
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4/25/14 7:35 P

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I've run with pace groups in half marathon training. It's been good for me. I need the pace leader to maintain as slow a pace as I should for long runs. Other people need to be pushed to run as fast as they should. Different tendencies, but both helped by the groups.

In the training session, they had pace groups ranging from 15:00 per mile to 8:30 per mile. The big groups were in the middle of the range, probably 12s, 11:30s, 11s, 10:30s, and 10s all being substantial.

Many of the people in those mid range pace groups do well in public group runs without pace leaders. I ran with the 8:30 pace group, so I tend not to have a lot of company in unpaced public runs on a fixed route. It feels more social with hill workouts, where we're all running up and down the same hill at out own paces, so I can always see other runners.

While I've enjoyed the group runs, if I'm going to run enough to train for a long race I will need to do a lot of solo running. There is just too much overhead time driving somewhere for an appointment to run in a group to do that 5 days a week.


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4/24/14 10:35 A

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The stores in my area have a "no one left behind" rule. That said, I found all my current running buddies on dailymile, I like friends who are a bit faster than me so they can push me.

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4/24/14 10:32 A

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My experience has been great. I like the running clubs in the area where I live and mostly stick to club races as they're much less expensive than for-profit races and are very well managed.

My local club has a lot of training programs and weekly free runs. 10:30-12:00 are very popular paces, particular for the conversationalists like me!


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4/24/14 9:34 A

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Hi everyone,

I was wondering what your experience has been with running groups. Good, mixed, not great? It would be nice to meet other runners and have someone understand my excitement for it. At the same time, I generally average 10:30 to 12:00 per mile depending on how far I'm going and being the slowest of the group is a bit intimidating. So, yes, please share your experiences and if you're curious about joining a running group, I'd like to hear from you, too!

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