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3 things you should consider before joining a running club

There are several advantages to joining a running club:


You'll get tips from seasoned runners on how to get started running, how to avoid injury, how to improve, good running routes, how to enter events, how to run at various speeds and distances, and more;

Running with other people will provide you with motivation and enjoyment; you will almost certainly find other people in a club who are of a similar standard to you (even if you believe you are slow); and you will almost certainly find other people in a club who are of a similar standard to you.


3 things you should consider before joining a running club



What is a running club? What do they do?


Regular club runs, often with a social component, are organised by running clubs, as are track training sessions and coaching, liaising with the sport's governing body, informing members about events and races, entering teams in team events such as relays, providing information to members, organising social events, and organising races. Most importantly, they connect runners with one another.









 

Be truthful about your abilities


If you're not sure how fit you are, go for a 5K run a few days before you plan to attend the run club. This will give the run club leader an idea of your pace and fitness level, allowing them to pair you up with the right people for your first run with the new club..



Do your homework and find the best club for you.


You should make sure that the run club you join has runners of similar abilities and ages. Joining an intense run club that does a lot of mileage might not be the best fit if you're a recreational jogger looking for 5K social runs. Before showing up, you can always reach out to the run club leader on social media to get an idea of the distances and paces. The internet is also a great place to look for the best options for a local run club.


Don't be concerned.


Putting yourself out there can cause additional stress and anxiety, particularly if you are unsure of your abilities. Most run clubs are open to people of all fitness levels, from beginner to advanced; however, having some prior running experience is advantageous. If you can complete a 5K test run, you'll likely be able to complete the run club's introductory distances.


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