31 Aug '12, 5pm

When you should (and shouldn't) run with a faster-than-you buddy: #runningtips

Hi there, I am a new runner—well, kind of new. I have done several 5Ks, one sprint tri, and two half-marathons, and I have started training to do another half (goal time under 2:20:00). So to help me get up in the mornings, I decided to get a running partner. However, the girl I run with has a faster pace than I have. Plus, she speeds up and slows down constantly, which drives me mad. Usually I am dead when we get to the last mile of our run, and I tell her that she can go ahead because I feel bad if I am slowing her down. When she runs ahead, I feel discouraged that I am not fast enough and end up going slower than I would ordinarily. Anyway, I told her after our last run that I am not sure that we should run together because I am slower than she is and I want her to get a run in at her pace. She said she can slow down and she didn't know that she changes pace constantly....

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