Have you ever felt a race slipping away from you after a strong start? Have you been passed, or run out of gas, just a mile or two from the finish line? Every runner can benefit from increased endurance. Tempo runs are just the thing to help you become better at running faster for longer periods of time.
It's no mystery that running with a group can be one of the most fun ways to help you get fitter faster. Having a network to lean on that can support you while also challenge you and hold you accountable for workouts can be the best and easiest way to stay motivated. Plus, let's face it, it's so much easier to tackle those miles when you've got some great company.
Long distance runners are a bizarre group of people to those who find comfort in stillness, pleasure in overindulgence, and reassurance in conformity. I know this because I was not always a runner. There was a time that I scoffed at runners and the strange counterculture of running. But, now I know better.