If you usually run by yourself, you're missing out on a lot of benefits of group running, such as improved motivation and better performance. Here are some ways you can try to find running buddies.
Find a local running club.
Check out Road Runners Club of America to find the club closest to you. Many running clubs websites have forums or databases where members can post requests for running buddies. You can scan through the posts and see if someone matches your pace and schedule. You can also go to their group runs to find runners at your pace.
Check with your local running store.
Also see: How to Find Local Running Stores
Ask at your gym or health club.
Some gyms have running clubs or sign-ups for running partners. Check their bulletin board for notices or sign-ups for running clubs or running partners. If your gym doesn't offer anything like that, ask if it's OK if you post a note saying that you're looking for a running buddy. Because the audience is fit-minded people like yourself, you're likely to find someone.
Find a charity group training program.
Many not-for-profit organizations offer coaching and cover race expenses in exchange for your fundraising efforts. You'll meet lots of other runners and hopefully find a few at your fitness level and training pace. The biggest programs with many locations across the country include: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, the Arthritis Foundation's Joints in Motion, and the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation.
Find a running group for your interest.
Register for a local road race.
More: How to Find Local Road Races
Check out fitness dating sites.
Also see: How to Find Romance Through Running
Volunteer at a road race.
Also see: 5 Ways to Be a More Social Runner