So here I am back in my hometown. Friendless. Running partner-less. What did I decide to do about it?
I joined a running group. I found them online and was out with them the first chance I got.
I know that most of you who swing by this blog are runners or triathletes. Some of you belong to groups. But for the random person who stops by D.R. I want to say this - if you have any inclination to run a race of any kind or are looking for some like-minded healthy (slightly goofy, but fun) friends then a running group is for you.
Out of all the blogs I have read I have seen only a couple mention bad experiences with a running group. If it weren't for these dynamic people I really don't know if I'd be logging 40+ miles a week. And I would have no clue about a lot of the training techniques I talk about. I also would not have made so many great friends so quickly.
Within each group there will always be smaller sub-groups of friends. And that's OK. But come race time everyone is out there supporting each other and helping each other get through those last miles that seem unbearable.
Maybe I got lucky. Maybe I am in the best running group in America. But then again, maybe there is a group out there waiting for you.
UPDATE: Some of you posted that you weren't sure how to find a running group, well I found this little gem on about.com and hope it helps. Happy hunting.