Running is often thought of as a solo sport, but you're missing out if you always hit the roads by yourself. Ask someone to join you for a run or sign up for a local running team so you can enjoy the following benefits:
It's obviously much safer to run in pairs or with a group. If someone in the group gets injured or sick, there's always someone there to help. And potential attackers are more likely to strike a lone runner than they are a group.
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Some people prefer to run alone so they can sort of their thoughts and do some brainstorming. But running in a group may actually get your creative juices flowing even more than running solo because you're able to bounce ideas off other people.
With group running, you get your own personal cheering squad. Members of running clubs and teams root each other on during races and support one another through long runs.
Let's face it: Everyone thrives on a little healthy competition. When you're running with others who are encouraging you to run faster and harder, it's easier to take it to the next level.
While some deals are sealed on the golf course, plenty of important business conversations have also taken place between runners on the road. Running with co-workers, clients -- even your boss -- is a great way to network and build your professional relationships in an unassuming way.
Expanded Social Circle
Anyone who has run with a group knows that it's a great opportunity to get to know people with similar interests. Many people (myself included) have met their spouse, significant other, or close friends through a running group or club.