Running Groups or Solo Running?

With the London Olympics happening on everyone’s TV sets, most people can’t help but be inspired to put on a pair of runners and run! But if you’re looking to stay motivated, think twice about joining a running group.

People who strongly identify as members of a running group are less confident that they’ll keep exercising if their group disbands than those who embrace their own “runner identity,” a University of Manitoba study found. Groups are fine, but go solo a couple of times a week too, advises study author Shaelyn Strachan, Ph.D.

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Strachan, S.M., Shields, C.A., Beatty, J., & Glassford, A. (2012). Is it who I am or who I am with that counts? The associations between runner and group identity with adjustment to running group disbandment. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 4, 463-443.

By Dana Clark