Finding a group to run with can be difficult as you try to find a group of runners who meet your pace. If you are a fast runner, this is usually not a problem. Most group runs average a 10 minute mile down to a 9 minute mile, depending on the leadership of the group. One running group leader told me that they run at a conversational pace of 9:30 per mile. That is not a conversational mile for me. That is a breathing-heavy mile. So I had to look for a group with a slower pace.
For those who run a 13 minute mile or more, it is very difficult to find a running group that meets your pace. I recommend you look for a group with a pace similar to yours and try it out. Do not be discouraged if you cannot keep up with the group. Just know that might not be the group for you, and you can look for a different group.
Elite runners usually do not think about the middle of the pack or back of the pack runners when they set up group runs. If you can’t find group that meets your pace, ask your running friends who have a pace similar to yours and make your own group. I know I push a little harder when I am in a group run.
It is not essential to your training plan if you do not enjoy running with a group. I will say that it is good practice for running in a race, if that is what you want to do.
Pictured above is a group of runners I train with from RunTimeRaces. We try to set up group runs once a month or so. We try to meet the pace needs of those who participate. We won’t leave anyone behind on a course.
Take a look around your running community and try a group run.