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TORONTO. February 9th 2014. Digital Champion Heather Gardner believes group running is a great way to promote healthy, active living and build community. As the owner of Tribe Fitness, a Toronto fitness community with the goal of sweating for social good, Heather believes the true benefits of fitness go beyond doing a body good, to the enhanced state of mind which allows us to open our hearts, connect, and find the beauty in the everyday. Connect with Heather on Twitter @RunSoulCycle and on her blog.
While running is often thought of as a solo sport, there are many perks to running with others. Whether you’re training for a race, or just wanting to move, here are 5 reasons why you need a tribe!
Get energized and inspired! Running with a tribe means you have your own cheering squad to get rowdy on the highs and supportive on the lows. Whether it’s out during a long effort, sprints around a track, or on race day, having your own tribe gives you that extra cheer you need to run your best.
Clearly it is much safer to run in a group vs. on your own. If someone in the tribe gets injured or sick, there is someone to help or get help. When running in a group you may be less likely to be the target of an attacker as there is power and strength in numbers. Can’t run with others? Then be sure to have yourself a RoadID. Looking for other safety tips when running in the dark, check out my post for lululemon here!
3. Improved Performance
When you run with others you can’t help but stick to their pace, meanwhile it turns out they were pushing to keep at yours. When you’re sticking with a tribe that pushes you to run better, improvement is the only option.
As a new runner (or even someone who’s been around the block), running in a tribe is a great opportunity to learn from those who are more experienced or have different experiences. Most runners are more than happy to share tips on fueling, recovery, and gear, your challenge will be to take everything with a grain of salt and figure out what works for you.
5. Friends Who Will Enjoy Your Endless Running Rants
Running in a tribe is a great way to get to know people with similar hobbies and interests. Not only will you already have something in common, after you crush that personal best, or when you want to talk endlessly about your new favourite running shoes or gel, this tribe will actually want to hear it!
If you’re in the Toronto area and looking to run with a tribe. Join my tribe, Tribe Fitness. We host 2 free runs a week, Wednesday at 7pm (5km) and Saturday at 9am (long effort) and we are training for the Toronto Yonge Street 10K. Details are here! #JoinTheTribe
What benefits have you found from running in a group? Share them in the comments below!