Social Running and the benefits of running together

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Ian Bearder

17/04/2023 | Useful info
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Everyrun was created to help people to run together and to promote the idea of 'social running', but what exactly is social running?

Put simply, social running is the act of running in a group or with one or more partners, rather than running alone.

It combines the physical exercise of running with the social aspects of meeting new people, building friendships, and engaging in a shared activity.

Social running can take various forms, such as joining a local running club, participating in group runs, or simply running with friends.

There are several health benefits of social running, these include:

  • Motivation and accountability: Running with others can boost motivation, as you are more likely to stick to your running schedule and push yourself when others are involved. It creates a sense of accountability, helping you maintain consistency in your exercise routine.
  • Improved mental health: Social interaction during running can alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. Engaging in conversation and sharing experiences with others while running can release endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that produce a positive feeling and reduce the perception of pain.
  • Enhanced performance: Running with others can lead to friendly competition, which might inspire you to push yourself harder and improve your performance. Training with more experienced runners can also provide valuable insights and tips for improvement.
  • Safety: Running in a group can make the activity safer, especially when running in unfamiliar areas, during early morning or late evening hours, or in poorly lit environments. There is strength in numbers, and being part of a group can reduce the risk of accidents or incidents.
  • Social support: Social running fosters a sense of camaraderie and provides an opportunity to make new friends, share experiences, and exchange advice. This support network can help you navigate the ups and downs of running and maintain motivation in the long run.
  • Improved technique: Running with more experienced runners or coaches can help you learn proper running form and technique, reducing the risk of injury and making your runs more efficient.
  • Increased enjoyment: Running with others can make the activity more enjoyable, as conversations and shared experiences can help pass the time and make the run feel less strenuous.

Everyrun is a great way to organise a social running event or community race as it provides everything you need from runner registration through to event registration and results pages. Sign-up here and get started today!

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