Benefits of Group Training + Adventuring by Shannon Mahre (Lily Trotters Ambassador)

Benefits of Group Training + Adventuring by Shannon Mahre (Lily Trotters Ambassador)

Benefits of Group Training + Adventuring

As a dual business owner, wife and mother of two little boys (1 & 5), my workouts don’t happen unless I schedule them first thing in the morning before my day truly begins. But as a coach, I know that this doesn’t necessarily fit into everyone else’s busy schedules and lives. And I also know that it’s not always easy to be motivated to workout or train alone. This is one of the main
reasons that I created Girls with Grit, and began teaching women’s ski, mountain bike, SUP and trail running + endurance clinics and meet-ups — because the benefits of group training and adventuring are truly exponential.

Here’s just a few of my favorite reasons for getting after it with a crew by your side:


Raise your hand if it’s easier to get out for a run, bike ride or training session if you have a buddy meeting you for your excursion at a slated time? Yep, I even raised my hand — and I’m a coach! Lives get busy and it’s easy to put off a sweat sesh if we don’t have someone holding us accountable. Find a crew that has similar goals to yours and set up a weekly time to bike, run, ski or hike together — or even sign up for a race together and then start a training plan
together that coincides with your race date. The accountability piece will help you stay motivated, but so will your buddy cheering you on every step of the way. 


Safety in numbers is a huge reason to train and adventure together — especially when you are getting out in the early mornings or late evenings. The more of you there are (and the more dogs there are as well), the safer you all will be in terms of potential two legged or four legged attacks. As much as we all don’t like talking about the “what ifs”, I’m a big believer in being as safe as possible, so training with others as well as always having some type of defense against potential dangers are the best deterrent from becoming a victim.

Stoke + Inspiration 

We can ALL inspire one another in more ways than one — and by training together, we get to watch each other overcome obstacles, push through barriers and get past mental and physical fears that may be standing in our way. It’s always easier to do something you are scared to do when you’ve seen a peer accomplish it — and on that same note, it’s also easier to try new things, to push ourselves when we know we are not going to be judged if we don’t succeed.
Surround yourself with the type of individuals that will bring you up, that will boost your confidence, and that will be your cheerleader... whether you succeed or you fail. And kindly walk away from those that don’t.

Time Machine

Have you ever been on a long run that literally felt like 5 minutes by the end because of the insanely awesome conversation you were having during the entire thing? Well, I like to call this occurrence, “The Time Machine.” My greatest friends are the ones that I adventure with, that I run with, bike with and ride horses with... why? Because we not only do things that we love together, but we also use this time as our social hour to fill our cups and be there for each
other on a mental and physical level. Time Machine friends not only make your workouts and adventures more fun, but they also make the hard things that you accomplish together feel like a fraction of what they would feel like if you were alone.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to assemble your crew. Who’s with me?!


* Shannons favorite socks are Over The Moon. Pictured above. 

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