Running With A Pack

October 17th, 2013 | By Lindsey Ebert No Comments

 

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When I graduated from UGA, I found myself in an unfamiliar situation. I had spent more than 17 years behind a desk, so the world looked very different, and I was not going to have teammates for the first time in my life.

From the moment I stepped up to the T in T-ball, I loved being part of a team. Waking up for 7 a.m. practice isn’t quite as dreadful when it means you get to see the sunrise with your friends. And running in the heat of the unforgiving Georgia sun is more bearable when you are with a team who shares your pain and passion.

I’m no longer on a college team, so I’m looking for new ways to be part of the running community. There are countless reasons to find a training partner for any sport, and walking and running are no exceptions!

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Active.com suggests these reasons to get moving with a team or partner:  they offer good conversations, correct each other’s form, offer safety (especially at nighttime), make good pacesetters, are a good pick-me-up when you’re bored, hold you accountable, and suggest new routes.

  • Not surprisingly, Athens is turning into quite a hub for running and walking. If you want to find a group to run with, you have options:
  • Connect with the running community at Athens Road Runners. Cost is only $35/year; benefits include group runs, speed training, discounts for local races and running stores, training programs for all skill levels, and more.
  • Group training programs are available through Fleet Feet. Whether you’re inactive but interested in getting started, or more advanced and even training for major races, there is a group for you.
  • Beginners can start with No Boundaries, a 10-week program for beginners. The group meets Tuesday and Thursday nights and costs $75, which covers New Balance gear, RRCA insurance, prizes, giveaways, coupons, offers, on-site physical therapy, cooking demos, incentives, expert coaching, and mentor assistance.

Getting started and staying committed to a regular walking or running routine can be difficult for anyone, but having a group (or “team”) to keep you motivated will make all the difference.

Find the perfect group by exploring www.athensrun.com, www.athensrr.org, www.fleetfeetathens.com, and www.athensrun.com.

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