Rules for the Road
When running with a Running Room group, no one runs or walks alone! A group practice session is not a race; save the race pace for race day and work as a group to make sure no one gets left behind.
Group running gives us an opportunity to connect with others, but hopefully not with cars, trucks or buses. When group running on the roads or trails, be alert of oncoming traffic, including vehicles, cyclists and other runners or walkers. The person on the inside should lead the way and move to the right into single file.
In larger groups the lead runners should holler, "runner up" or "walk ahead and stay right." Doing so will prevent a group from unintentionally taking over the full road path or trail. Share the roadways, pathways and trails for the enjoyment of everyone.
Do not litter! Watch the gel packs and energy bar wrappers—bring them home with you. The only things permitted to remain on the road are fun stories and intense discussions.
Smile and wave to fellow runners, cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. A friendly smile can make their day as enjoyable as yours.
If you are passing a walker or runner, as you approach her or his left shoulder, call out "runner on your left." Wish runners a good run or walk. Smile as you go past.
In large groups the leaders are the eyes for the group. They should call out "post ahead" or "watch the ice."
When taking a walk break, raise your hand, call "walk break" and move to the side.
Be attentive to your surroundings and expect the unexpected—loose dogs, low branches, pot holes, lost kids or deep-inthought adults. Be prepared to go around the distraction.
Start as a group and finish as a group. Adjust the pace to the comfort level of the group. If everyone is together you can pick it up a notch; if some have started to drop off the pace you can ease it up. The difference of a few minutes can really affect the enjoyment and recovery level of the run.
Watch the other runners in your group for signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion and frost bite—keep each other injury free and safe!
If you are currently running alone, then it is time to join a free practice run every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning from your local Running Room.
There is a pace group going your distance and your speed and no one gets left behind!
Encourage everyone to stay healthy, stay running and continue to have fun.