I hope you’re having a great day! With a new year upon us, it’s always a great opportunity to get a fresh start and tackle those goals that you may have put off for some time.
I’ll be honest – there are a few things that I’ve been meaning to do but couldn’t or wouldn’t make the commitment – running and non-running -related. It happens! Fortunately, I am finally getting back to a project that is near and dear to me – the Running Club Roundup! Keep reading to hear more details!The #runningclubroundup is coming back! So excited to meet more running groups! #runchat Click To Tweet
Surprisingly, it was about 3.5 years ago when I debuted this project on the blog! Originally, I wanted to run with a different club in the Philadelphia area each week. Believe it or not, this is a huge undertaking because Philly, the city of neighborhoods, has dozens of running clubs out there, so it would have kept me really busy! Along the way, I was able to review my experiences with the following groups:
Unfortunately, it all started to become too overwhelming for me to manage, so I set the project aside. The cool thing was that each group was unique. Some groups I really enjoyed and others were disappointing. It was very eye-opening!
Way back in 2011, when I first started running, I formed a running club at my place of work. I just finished running the Broad Street Run for the first time and I was HOOKED. I had previously been a treadmill runner (thank you, Planet Fitness!) but I wanted to reap the benefits of running outdoors. I thought it would be a way to meet new people and to continue a healthy habit.
Fast forward nearly 8 years and we’re still around! I always joke that as long as I work at my company, we’ll always have a running club! Membership has ebbed and flowed over the years, but it’s always been fun. We’ve trained for so many races together – 10 milers, 5K’s, marathons. This year, I was determined to revive the group and I’m so glad that I did!
A couple of weeks ago, I sent an email to the group and set a date for us to get back to it and I received so much positive feedback! For our first run, we had a group of 4 (including me) – two of us ran 5 miles and two of us ran 6. It was awesome! This experience helped cement that I’m doing the right thing. I look forward to exploring more running clubs!
In an effort to keep myself accountable, here is my shortlist of running clubs that I hope to visit in the near future! Running Club Roundups will be posted once a month!
If you’re interested in checking out running clubs in your area, here’s a post I created on how to find a running group you’ll love!
Have you ever run with a running club? Who do you think I should check out next on my list?