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Running - Alone or with company....

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

When I started running back in 1996, it was ALWAYS with my husband. we ran together 5 days a week, and it was fun....however, along came the children, and our running team became a me running myself...I now run more than him...which if you asked either of us in 1995 if that would ever happen, we both would have said NO....

So, fast forward to 2010, and I am finding that I have buddies that run, but I have always been stand offish about sharing my runs with them. My runs are my quiet time, my time to think or not think, my therapy so to speak...and I always worried whether I would be too slow, and cause problems because of my speed....

Well, today - my neighbor, who is just starting to run asked me to run with her. My immediate reaction was NO WAY....but I decided to go for it....and I didn't hate it - but I didn't love it either....

The thing about running with someone - is that you end up talking, and I don't like to talk when I run...I like to push to the level of not being able to carry on a conversation...however, my neighbor is new, and slower and she chat chat chatted.....so I chatted back...the time went by quicker...I do have to admit that, but my pace was also almost a minute slower per mile.....

So I'm still on the fence about whether this is a good thing or bad thing - but once in a while I guess it is OK.
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  • ROBYN168
    I'm glad to know I'm not alone....I do have to admit the time went quick because of all of the chatter....she is the type of person you have to fight to get a word in - so I was very happy just listening and yessing and noing occasionally.
    3823 days ago
  • PINKBEANBOO
    I've run with my daughter a few times (she's 14).
    Pros:
    Safety in numbers
    I like spending time with her & having something in common.
    Cons:
    She's a chatter box, too. She's used to only running 1 mile at a time so she wants to start out fast & talk the whole time.
    I have to make her keep my pace so she doesn't burn out too quick & then I mostly don't answer when she's talking.
    And since she's not a distance runner I feel like I need to slow down or walk with her or I feel like I'm abandoning her.
    3823 days ago
  • KCLARK1355
    OH I know what you mean!!! I just started running with a friend - she asked me - she is recovering from an injury (she is WAY more experienced than I am) so we are paced ok for right now but after I got back home to map out the route I went out for my own run - go figure! It will only be for once a week so we will see what happens.........I liked it because I ran longer than I thought I could (I don't bring a watch with me - to find my pace I just set up my route and hit the kitchen timer on my way out) and it did go by really quickly!
    3823 days ago
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