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How motivating it is to run with someone

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Today I had my usual 10K+ run in the forest.
An interesting thing happened in the last 2K or so.

A man of my age passed me before a walk break.
After the break I caught up with him, but didn't pass him because my next walk break was near.
After the break I caught up with him again, and he waved me to go ahead and pass him.
I told him never mind, I'm going to have a walk break very soon.
He asked why. I shortly explained I was following Jeff Galloway's run/walk method, and how it prevents muscle tightness and injuries. We continued chatting all the way to the end.

At home I downloaded my week's runs to the Nike+ website, and saw this:

We ran faster together than before!
I guess we both made an effort to keep up with the other. : )
I felt I was making more effort but I thought it was because of the talking.

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MARKATSPARK 4/21/2016 4:31PM


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AMCLELLAN 12/1/2012 8:47AM

    That is awesome. Now I wish I had a running buddy.

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BOBCATGIRL76 11/30/2012 4:59PM

    You are so right! JD asked me to run with him and our pace was consistently under 10 minutes which is faster than my usual running pace. And I consistently do better at races than by myself.

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WILLITWORK1 11/29/2012 8:40AM

    IT IS very motivating. I think about that on the greenway when I'm just plodding along and then a friend will come up and run with me for a bit before heading on. I speed up to try to not slow him down too much. It is a bit amazing how much more we have in us that we do not know.

Sharing a run is a wonderful thing to do!

Good for you to share yours with all of us.

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CHERRYTOMATO 11/27/2012 6:24PM

    That report looks great! NIce work!

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SMILINGTREE 11/27/2012 3:30PM

    I have always wished for a running buddy. How nice that you happened upon one accidentally!

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ROXYZMOM 11/27/2012 8:21AM

    That's wonderful! I like to run with someone else too! It does seem toile it easier. Maybe you will run into him again!

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TRUE-NESS 11/26/2012 7:31AM


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ABETTERBETTY 11/25/2012 9:49PM

    I ran "with" another runner on my last 5K and did better than normal. I am considering asking a friend of a friend that ran in the 5K to train with me. She may be a little slower than me, so I don't know if it will be a help or a hindrance. I don't know anyone who runs just alittle faster than me. Guess I'll have to stalk someone at the next 5K. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 11/25/2012 8:52PM

    Hmm. I wonder if running with someone else would be a way for me to learn to run slower? To find out, first I have to find someone to run with. So it's unlikely to happen soon; but I'll keep that thought in the back of my mind, in case circumstances change.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/25/2012 2:57PM


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-AMANDA79- 11/25/2012 2:49PM

    I've always been afraid to get a running buddy because I thought I would slow them down. Maybe I should reconsider!

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MONA791 11/25/2012 2:31PM

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WINDSURFNERD 11/25/2012 1:30PM

    Running with a buddy (even an impromptu one) is a great way to amp up the motivation, enthusiasm and yes, the intensity! Congratulations on your great run!

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RG_DFW 11/25/2012 12:58PM

    Way to go

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