Australian 10,000m national record holder Benjamin St Lawrence, who has raced at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon a number of times, echoes the social benefits of squad running.
“I like the social aspect of group training. Knowing that not only will I be getting a solid session done, but I’ll also be catching up with some mates and sharing some good banter. I’m such a funny guy that it would be a shame if people weren’t there to laugh at my jokes,” he said.
He adds that “you are able to form very solid bonds with people when you routinely go to the edge and back together during tough training sessions,” creating a feeling of solidarity which he admittedly thrives off.
Group training provides motivation in another way by offering accountability. It’s all too easy to roll over when that 5am alarm goes off, especially after staying up late in the throes of a Breaking Bad marathon. But if you know people are waiting for you, and are expecting you to turn up, you’ll have extra motivation to pull back those covers and reach for the joggers. And this accountability extends to your actual run too, as a partner or group can keep you from slipping off pace or cutting a run short.