Transform your training and take on a fresh running challenge in 2012
Old You: Trains on your own
New You: Joins the pack
There’s nothing wrong with training on your own. In fact, for most runners it’s the most practical solution. It gives you ‘me time’ away from a hectic life – and being a lone ranger means you can grab your trainers and head out whenever the mood strikes.
It can be all too easy to become self-sufficient and to miss out on the great British running community. Training with a partner or running group can help motivate you to give it your all during tough speed sessions or to pick up the pace.
Then there are the mental benefits provided by a club. “It can also act as a support group in case you are feeling down or if you get an injury,” says Ralph. Discover more club benefits and how to find fellow runners who share your ambitions, whether that’s booking races or heading to the pub after training.
Even if you don’t want to become a club runner, you can share your training trials and triumphs on the Runner’s World forum. It’s easy to get involved and it’s packed with advice on everything from getting started to taking on your first spring marathon, with plenty of clubhouse banter too. Add a few new friends to your training regime and you’ll discover a whole new side to running.
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