CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories


running training groups yes/no?

i've recently taken up running and i'm training for a 1/2 marathon. i've got several friends that have run many full marathons as well as 1/2s and they suggest i join a running group for my training. i've got a plan i'm following calculated from and it seems to be working great so far... so should i really spend the money to run with a group of people when i enjoy running alone?

just wondering what other people's thoughts are on this- if you belong to a group or used what do/did you think?

Thu. Jul 26, 10:05am

Add comment  
I too would suggest you join the group for your long runs (especially if new to running). However if you are really happy running alone and on a budget, maybe you should continue training alone. The group though will provide motivation for getting to the park/running spot and the long runs will come easier. You will also make new friends and have a fun time. I think that in itself is worth the money!

Thursday, July 26, 2007, 10:15 AM

Add comment
I would definitely join one if one existed in my area! Go for it.

Thursday, July 26, 2007, 10:53 AM

Add comment
I'm training for a marathon now, already have a 1/2 under my belt, and I've never been a part of a running group. With my hectic schedule I need to get my runs it when I can, not when it's scheduled!

Thursday, July 26, 2007, 12:27 PM

Add comment
If you're not up for it, you're not up for it. No big deal. Doesn't mean you won't improve as quickly-some people just really enjoy running w/ others. Personally, I like running alone and have never found being alone a hindrance in any of my runs. My long runs are up to 9 miles now and I think I would have trouble finding the time to run when it was convenient for someone else.

Join if you want to but don't feel like you have to. If your heart isn't in it-you won't stick with it.

Thursday, July 26, 2007, 1:50 PM

Add comment

Thursday, January 24, 2008, 3:13 PM

Add comment
I have completed 7 marathons...18 half marathons have been part of local running club, go to meetings see them at local races but never train w/ them I just like training on my own..I love the road to myself but do what works for you, try it see what happens you to may just enjoy the runs on your own

Thursday, January 24, 2008, 5:01 PM

Add comment
what about long training runs? if you run alone how do you feel about doing 20+ miles alone, with only the bottle of water in your hand or around your waist?

Thursday, January 24, 2008, 5:52 PM

Add comment
Want to start a group?

I also just started running, and I am planning on running a half marathon in May-- huge challenge for me.

I am intimidated by other running groups on peertrainer because I dont really consider myself a "runner". We should start a group for beginers! Then, evern if we are not really training with other people, we can share training tips and motivate each other. Let me know what you think.

- Yipee

Thursday, January 24, 2008, 6:29 PM

Add comment
5:01, I do sometimes get bored but I love the challenge of solo running I also feel that especially for marathon training it keeps me focused and mentally strong. When I run 20 miles on my own then when race day arrives it is like a party that 30,000 others came to celebrate w/ me.
I just posted the thread about the marathon movie check it out !

Thursday, January 24, 2008, 11:59 PM

Add comment
Most runners I know--I mean serious, can't-live-without-my-daily-run runners--run alone. Including my sister-in-law who at 41 just completed her first Ironman in just over 13 hours.

I think running is a solitary sport--that is, it attracts people who like to be alone in their heads for a while every day.

Friday, January 25, 2008, 12:39 AM

Add comment

Explore Related Articles
Weight Loss Motivation   Sustainable Weight Loss
Weight Lifting    Hypnosis and Weight Loss
Emotional Eating   Help Losing Weight
Free Weight Loss Program   Weight Watchers Points  NutriSystem
How To Change Anything

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge