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.
Edited by: DSQUARE22 at: 4/27/2014 (18:00)
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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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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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