When You Feel Too Slow For Your Local Run Group

Here are a coach's tips to finding the right group for you.


NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training!

Q: How can I find a running group if I’m not fast enough to run with my local club?

A: Are you sure you’re not fast enough? Most local running clubs don’t have pace requirements and welcome all levels! Reach out and ask what the training would be like for a beginner or a “slower” runner.

If that group doesn’t feel like the right fit, talk with the manager of a running store close to your home. The store may have group runs and events. Even if they don’t, the manager will likely know of a good group for you or others to run with in your community.

You can also use Facebook or and search “running groups” in your city to connect with others. Don’t give up! Companionship is a crucial key to consistency, and the perfect group is out there.

Have a question for Coach Kigar? Email or tweet @womensrunning with the hashtag #AsktheCoach.

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