I run with one of the best cliques around. No, seriously! We are a group of women at different levels, but yet we are supportive of one another.
What’s one of the best things about being a part of the running community?
It has taken some time to find my niche. But now that I have, I can travel almost anywhere and find a group to run with.
While I am at home, I typically run with my fellow Black Girls RUN! Columbia members. But there are times that I have found my way to run with several other groups.
Here’s an example:
When I traveled to San Antonio, I looked up running groups in the area and found a group that ran near the college I graduated from. It was fabulous. The Brak Pak, which runs in Brackenridge Park, were so welcoming. It might have helped that I lived in San Antonio for 10 years, when to school just steps away from the park and worked at the local newspaper for some time. Whatever the reason, they were very welcoming and asked me to join them for a race while I was in town as well as the next time I was in town.
What I have found is that as a part of the right group:
1. The miles go by quicker. You aren’t out there alone regardless if it’s three miles or 10.
2. You are more likely to participate. When you know a person or the group is waiting for you, you will stay motivated and show up.
3. You aren’t alone. On the really tough workouts and races, the group will pull you through
4. Helping others. Helping others who are struggling bestows an amazing sense of achievement
Olympian Jeff Galloway also finds that within groups:
5. Where running can take you. You’ll learn about some interesting races, places to run and can have fun running experiences.
6. The experience. Sharing the empowerment of finishing a long run can change your life.