Our expert says:
Not Fit Fanatic, just Fitness Doc, I'm afraid...!! It depends where you are. I'm in Cape Town, so I can only really speak for the area where I live, so perhaps I can give you some generic advice. Most running clubs in Cape Town offer a minimum of two club runs a week, with most doing three. ANd then some runs on weekends. They meet at the club and then divide into groups who go out and run at different speeds. For example, I know a club in constantia who run every evening and have about 6 different speed groups going out. The difficulty is times - some go about 5h30, others at 6 - it's not standard so you would have to contact the individual club.
Another option is run/walk for Life, who are focused quite a lot more on newer runners, and may be more suitable for you given your new entry into the sport.
A final option is to look at gyms, because a lot of people join the gym with the intention of meeting people, doing their strength training and still meeting to go for runs outside. So if there is a gym near you, that's a place to look. All this depends on where you are based, so I'm guessing a little here...sorry.
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