Your running group has been through it all together. You’ve braved storms and heatwaves, risen before sunrise and laced your running shoes after sundown — all to get those runs in. You’ve motivated each other to get off the sofa on Sunday mornings and given each other the courage to sign up for big races (and then crush them).
If you’ve ever been a part of a run crew, you know there’s nothing like a supportive group of teammates — and a healthy dose of peer pressure — to take your training to the next level. Even if your running group isn’t quite as organized as Harlem Run, there are so many reasons you love working out together. These are a few of the tell-tale signs you’re in a beautiful relationship with your run crew:
1. YOUR CREW T-SHIRT IS THE FIRST THING YOU PULL OUT OF YOUR CLOSET
Nothing brings runners together quite like matching gear. Showing off your run crew with team swag can help unify the group, not to mention the cool-factor of walking the streets repping your crew’s logo. Whether it’s matching neon socks or dry-fit shirts with a unified logo, breeze by your competition knowing your teammates are all running with you.
2. YOUR MUSIC TASTE IS DIRECTLY INFORMED BY THE TEAM PLAYLIST
Running together or alone, your run crew can stay in sync with an awesome team playlist. Make a Spotify account for everyone to share their favorite running tunes and jam out during solo workouts. You can curate playlists for every running occasion, from race day pump-up to easy-day slow songs.
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3. IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE THE WEEKEND UNTIL YOU’RE RACING TOGETHER
Follow your run crew’s competitive spirit by doing local races together. Make a race calendar for the year so everyone can sign up and get in on the action. Even if your group just runs for fun, it can be great to have a race to keep you motivated and training for something.
4. YOU’VE DEVELOPED A CHEERLEADER ALTER EGO
You celebrate every runner’s successes by sharing PRs and wins with the whole crew. Whether it’s an email update with race results or a cheer and high-fives at workouts, every team accomplishment is a big one. Stay up to date on everyone’s training strides by following each other on MapMyRun — you can plan and share routes, check out each other’s solo workouts and cheer each other on virtually as well as in person.
5. SUNDAY MORNINGS MEAN RUN THEN BRUNCH. IT’S UNDERSTOOD.
If there’s one thing runners love as much as running, it’s eating. The opportunities for bonding over food are endless — and with all of those workouts, you’re bound to be hungry. So why not follow up a weekend morning run with brunch, or a Thursday night run with casual dinner and drinks? You never know what kinds of connections you’ll make.
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6. YOU’VE GOT A WHOLE CREW OF NEW BEST FRIENDS
Traditions are at the heart of all great run crews. From a holiday costume run to a pre-race day pasta dinner to a long weekend training trip at a teammate’s cabin, it doesn’t matter what your traditions are as long as they bring your crew together to train hard and have fun. Stick to what your teammates love to do, and build memories with your run crew from there!