I’ve been running since I was thirteen. I’ve led multiple running groups throughout my career in the fitness industry. And yet, I still feel intimidated when joining a new running group.
By nature I’m an introvert. I’m most comfortable doing most things alone and I treasure my solo time out on the road. However, despite my social anxieties and awkwardness, joining a group of runners for workouts always enhances my love of the sport.
I truly believe that running with like-minded people is why I was able to cross qualifying for the Boston Marathon off my bucket list. Without the supportive group of women I ran with for over a year while training for Boston, I don’t think I would have been able to actually hit my goal. They inspired me to keep digging deep day after day.
If you’re intimidated by a joining a running group, like I was (and sometimes still am) here are my suggestions on how to let go of your anxieties and just have fun!
- Remember, no one is judging you! You are the only person who cares how slow or how fast you run.
- If runners in the group are faster than you, don’t worry about keeping up with them. Focus on the fact that you’ll have people to high-five at the end of your run.
- Runners are some of the most supportive and encouraging people on the planet. Join the group to give and receive support.
- We’re all in this together. Everyone who joined the group was once a newbie who was probably just as intimidated or nervous as you are.
- Don’t be afraid if you don’t know anyone. Runners are friendly and welcoming so introduce yourself and next thing you know, you’ll be chatting the miles away.
My goal for the month is to do a workout with a new running group. I’ll check in on Instagram to let you know how it goes!