5 things learned from joining a run club

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Rosalyn Solomon, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 12:47 PM ET

Running is the kind of activity almost anyone can jump into.

Whether you prefer short jogs, a treadmill-trot, some alone time with your tunes, or just want to be in a social setting, running can do this for you. Joining a run club too, is another way to enhance your exercise and change up the pace, physically and socially.

“A lot of people see run club as part of their social calendar,” says Claire Rankine, Nike Canada communications director, who is adding run club services in the Toronto area.

“It’s becoming more of a social sport.”

Nike Running Canada is adding services in Toronto to include programming for both new and seasoned runners. It also wants to give runners access to experts in sports and health. New to running? No problem, Rankine says.

“Start with a goal, like a 5K, do a few runs by yourself to build confidence and come out to run club because running in a community will help you with tips and tricks and prepare you for bigger goals.”

Having just started running last year and joining a run club this past January there are many things I’ve learned about the exercise and the body.

Listen to your body and rest

Starting a routine is tough, sticking to it is tougher, but once you’re on a roll almost nothing can stop you – sometimes even injuries. There’s no shame in taking a rest day, especially if there’s pain. Remember, the run doesn’t stop at your distance goal – stretching is important to prevent injuries.

Get the right shoes

With so many bright colours and array of brands and styles to choose from, get ones fitted for you. Consult a sports doctor, or do your own research. All shoes, like bodies, EDIT are made differently to suit unique needs.

Ditch the earbuds

Running without music seemed impossible at first, but especially when running in a group, it’s nice to chat or even just listen to the EDIT pitter-patter of fast feet on concrete. It also helps you be more aware when it comes to downtown city running.

Track your progress

Whether you want to increase your pace or your distance, apps like Nike+ Running can track how far you’ve come. Even if you’re not training for a marathon, progress is always positive.

Make your goals public

Put it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever. Making your goals public make you accountable; you may even find friends with similar goals – and voila – a new running buddy.


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