My topic today is: How to Run with Friends
This post is a result of a conversation with some running friends.
This past Saturday, we met up with a new group of runners. Since we all run at different paces, we paired up.
After the run, we went out to brunch and chatted. My friends complained about one new runner that ran with them. They said that all she did was complain about how she ran too slow to run with the others. Why should she drive and meet them if they didn’t run with her, yada yada yada. The result was that my friends said that they will never run with her again.
So here are my tips. Maybe one will work for you.
1. Suck it up and run their pace
In other words, skip the intervals and if running without walking is too fast for you, just run fewer miles.
Faster fewer miles = slower longer interval miles
2. Run Slower
If your friends run slower than you, then add some miles before the run so you are running with them when you are tired. Again you can run more miles if you are running them slower.
3. Do your Workouts and Drills at another time.
We all have goals, race plans or maybe a coach, but running with others is not the time to practice your race paces. You can do this when you are running alone.
4. Meet Afterwards for Food
Runners all like to eat. So if you can’t run with friends, suggest meeting somewhere after where there is great food.
5. Be Encouraging
Nobody likes a Debbie Downer. We all have bad runs and aches and pains.
Try to be the cheerleader and focus on the positives of a race or run.
So these suggestions may not work for you. You may just like to run alone or running with others doesn’t fit into your schedule or you just want to do your own thing.
I can can say YES to all of the above but I also know that 10 miles while chatting with someone is much less painful than 10 solo miles.
Happy Running! Do you run with a friend? Any other suggestions to add?