What’s the one thing that will help you achieve your goals?
Let me give you an example. Running is often perceived as a solo activity. You go out for a run or hit the treadmill and feel great afterwards. Because you get to enjoy that feeling of released endorphins while also clearing the mind. We seldom regret going out for a run.
But too often the problem is just getting out the door. It may be because of our mood, or time restraints, or perhaps the bed is just too comfortable and the cold weather outside doesn’t make it easier to go out for a run.
So how do you get yourself out the door for a run even when you don’t feel like it?
Running Clubs – the Motivation You Need
The answer is simpler than you might have thought. And that is simply to be motivated by others.
Whether it be just one friend or a running group. Running with someone else motivates each person in the group to push themselves harder and go farther than they would have on their own.
But there are a few key components important when you’re running in a group. Here are the 3 important things to look for or have:
1. Consistency and Regular Meetups
The old saying goes, “The only way to get better at something is to practice.”
And there’s a lot of truth to that. Whether you’re trying to improve your run distance or just your overall fitness, it comes down to just putting in the time and effort.
Repetition and showing up is important. Skipping a day here or there may not seem like a big deal, but it can quickly lead to missed opportunities and lost progress.
When it comes to mastery, consistency is key. So if you’re serious about improving your skills, make sure you show up as consistently as possible and give it your all.
It’s easiest to have consistency by building in routines. For example, you can expect to run on Saturdays at a set time.
Sure, things can always come up but when you build something into your routine, it starts to feel “off” when you skip the routine.
With enough hard work and dedication, you’ll be surprised at how far you can go.
2. They offer a supportive environment for runners of all levels.
A supportive environment is key to success in any endeavour.
When we feel supported, we feel confident and capable.
We know that someone has our back and we have their back, no matter the circumstances.
As a result, we are more likely to take risks and stretch ourselves.
A supportive environment can take many forms, from a family member cheering us on to a team working collaboratively towards a common goal.
Whatever form it takes, a supportive environment is essential for achieving our full potential.
3. The social aspect of making new friends, and exploring new running routes together
A social group is a collection of people who interact with each other on a regular basis.
These groups can be formal, such as a club or team, or they can be informal, such as a group of friends.
Social groups are an important part of our lives, providing us with a sense of belonging and a way to connect with others.
In addition, social groups can offer support and assistance in times of need. For example, a group of friends may come together to help one of their members move to a new home.
Likewise, a club may provide opportunities for its members to participate in challenges together.
Ultimately, social groups play an important role in our lives by providing us with a sense of community and connection.
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an experienced runner, joining a running club is a fun and rewarding experience.
If you’re not part of a running club yet, you can join one in-person or virtually!
We’re in the process of building out our virtual running club and would very much appreciate your feedback.
We believe essential components of this virtual running club would include:
– A Community open board (e.g. discord, facebook)
– Consistent challenges
– Encouragement for all levels of runners
– Periodic meetups in-person
What do you think of a virtual running club? What would be important for you to help keep you motivated towards your goals? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below!
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