It’s five am. and the alarm is buzzing. You slap the “snooze” button and roll over with dread. You don’t want to get up and go for a run. You’re too tired. You’re too stressed. You’ll sleep a little longer. You decide to simply ignore your alarm even though you know you will regret this decision later on.
If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Women everywhere are setting themselves up for failure by starting fitness programs to get in shape and then failing to follow through on them leading to feelings of stress, guilt and frustration. The most common problems for both women and men when it comes to establishing a running or workout routine is lack of accountability and lack of motivation.
One of the best ways to women to hold themselves accountable and to build motivation is through the support of a women’s only running group. Our women’s running network allows women to safely meet up for runs together and enjoy the company of others who share the same challenges of fitting in fitness around partners, children and work. If you have struggled before with following through on your running plans, perhaps we could help.
When you run with a group, you get true accountability. If you normally would hit snooze at five a.m. instead of getting up to go run, you won’t once you know that other people are waiting for you. Not only will you feel accountable, but you’ll enjoy the social aspect of running and chatting with friends.
Many women who feel like stopping during their run, push through because they think that the others want to keep going and they don’t want to let them down. The result is that they perform better than they expected and leave their training session on a real high.
Another aspect that concerns women and can affect their inability to meet their running goals is nervousness about running while it’s still dark out (in the early morning hours or in the late evening hours). Safety is paramount and by running together, you increase your visibility to traffic and you increase your ability to run without anyone harassing or harming you. As a running group, you can also go trail running without having to worry about a stranger in the woods or about getting lost. Having a supportive group to back you up and push you onward keeps you safe and secure.
Don’t put your running plans on the back burner. Keep yourself accountable, build your motivation, and find a women’s running group today. Feel free to take a look around and shoot us an email if you have any questions or concerns. If there isn’t a group in your area, we can certainly help you get one started. It’s not hard, and the rewards are huge.