Another aspect we can't overlook is the connection between inclusivity in running and mental health. If an individual feels compelled to change their running style, route, or speed to fit in, then that group isn't truly inclusive. In an inclusive group, you should be able to show up as you are and relish the joy of running.
To anyone feeling left out or unwelcome in a running group, I urge you to pause and reflect. If a group requires you to run a specific pace, or imposes any constraint based on your identity, is it truly the community you want to be a part of? Remember, you should never have to change who you are to belong. You run, therefore you belong. Any contrary notion is a contradiction to the inclusive spirit that should define the running community.