What to do?

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Every evening at 9:00 pm I have a standing running date with my neighbour. We currently run/walk 3.3 miles. I look forward to our evening run, I love being able to get caught up with the happenings in each other's daily lives. I count her as my best friend. Anyhow the issue.... I feel like I'm not pushing myself enough when it comes to my running. It takes us 50-55 minutes to finish 3.3 miles and I know if I was by myself I could cut that time down, burn more calories and reach my goal of running a 5K before the end of the summer. So my problem is... what do I do? Do I stop running with my friend and run myself so I can reach MY goals faster, Do I continue running with my friend at her pace and reach OUR goals together? Or do I find time to do both? Run myself in the morning and then run again in the evening with my friend?

The other issue is I know if I stop running with my friend, she will stop running all together, and honestly that would kill me to know that I was one of the reasons she stopped. She currently is just over 250lbs and has dropped approx. 15lbs since we started running again 3 weeks ago. I'm so proud of her for that and I want her to continue.

Any advice dear Spark friends?
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    Push her a little! Next run, do intervals of faster and slower jogging. It'd hurt her feelings if you just quit running with her cold turkey, but if you show that you want to pick it up and she can't handle it, she'll understand if you run on your own. You can also run on your own apart from running with her. AND, who knows, she may pick up the pace along with you!!
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    Does she want to pick up the pace too? If she's not ready, maybe going on your own on other days would be best?
    4070 days ago
    It sounds like the time together is important to both of you and having a buddy surely helps. Not knowing anything about you other than what you've expressed here I'd say stick with her. But only you can evaluate your goals and determine if a run is more important to you. Whatever you do, best of luck to you.
    4070 days ago
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