Running: It’s a Social Thing
December 18, 2014
When I first started running, I thought running by myself was the best. I could go out and run whenever I wanted, and I decided how fast and far I wanted to go. Well, that was great when I was running two to four miles a day. However, when I started to train for marathons, the long runs were just grueling by myself. I could only talk to myself for so long before I started to notice how tired I was getting and how my mind was telling my body to stop running.
Then, I started to run with a few people on my long runs. I was a little intimidated because I wasn’t the fastest runner and a newbie in terms of marathons. I thought they would drop me and I wouldn’t know how to get back to my car. What I found out was that running with others really took my mind off of the miles. I couldn’t believe I could run so far and I didn’t feel tired until we were finished.
Our running group grew to 25 runners, then 100 runners, and today includes more than 400 runners. Today, the Prevea Training Runs are comprised of those runners. The Prevea Training Runs started out with a few people training for a marathon, but now they have become a place to meet people who like to run and train for a half or full marathon in a relaxed environment. Running, especially half and full marathon training, has become a social phenomenon. You can run anywhere, you don’t need a lot of equipment and it is free.
Men and women come to group runs to meet each other, almost like speed dating. If you don’t have a good conversation with someone, you could always speed up to the next person or slow down and see who is behind you. Whether you chat about our common goal of running a half or full marathon or just talk about the week’s events, a run with someone can put everything in perspective.
The opportunity to relax and socialize is often what draws people to group runs. Introduce yourself to a new runner or group this week and see what happens. When regulars spot an unfamiliar face, they’ll usually reach out and welcome you. That’s why the running community is one-of-a-kind and so great.