Benefits of Running with a Group:
- As a team, you can share the challenges, the laughs, the struggles and the exhilaration.
- No one needs to go through a tough day without being bolstered by the others.
- As you give support, you’ll receive much more in return.
- Every year, in just about every pace group, lifelong friendships are formed.
- Help the group leader by supporting the walk/shuffle break and keeping the pace slow. Also, help with water, refreshments, etc.
- Everyone in the group should be able to carry on a conversation, even at the end. If anyone is huffing and pugging at all in the first half, slow the pace down an/or take more frequent breaks.
- Take all of the walk/shuffle breaks, early and often. As the long ones get longer, the breaks should be taken more frequently.
- If you’re feeling tired (or sense that someone else is struggling), tell the group leader so that te pace can be slowed.
- When you are feeling great, slow down and stay with the group – don’t lead them astray!
- Each member of the group is responsible for his or her own safety. Never assume that others are looking out for you.
- Your health is your responsibility. Get checked out by a doctor who knows about endurance exercise: confer with him or her when needed. Get help before medical problems occur.
- Keep it fun. Bring a joke, a juicy story and a controversial issue and share.
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