I ran for 2 years alone because running clubs just weren't my thing - all those people in funny vests taking it all so seriously. Besides, I didin't have the time to guarantee a regular attendnce at set times each week, and they were all bound to be faster than me and very intimidating.
Eventually I realised my performances just didnt seem to be improving, and I also noticed what a lot of fun and banter seemed to be going on amongst club members at the various races I attended. I started to feel a bit left out stood on my own so plucked up the courage to join my local club - and its the best thing I've ever done running wise.
Setting aside the expert, personalised coaching that helped me completely smash to bits all my old PB, forgetting the decades worth of knowledge and advice stored up amongst fellow runners who fall over themselves to share it with you, not counting the cameraderie and company at races, ignoring the support and encouragement of fellow runners who both "get it" and "mean it", taking no account of having someone to talk running with for hours on end who is actually interested, and setting aside the great friendships and good company t be found....it was a waste of time joining really!
I still love running alone, and do most of my weekly mileage that way - but its great to meet up with the club at least once a week to train properly. There is just no way I would have been able to do proper interval sessions on my own like we do as a group. I would have done it wrong for a start, and even without the expert coaching, you need to be in a group to really maintain full effort week in week out and reap the massive benefits of proper, structured training.
I come away from weekly session on a real runners high with a huge dose of positive energy from the people I train with. Its the highlight of my week now!
Join Spencer! Do it!