It’s a classic misconception: faster runners are going to leave you for dead.
Well, if you’re racing, sure. But when it comes to running for fun…….socially………together…..
The fact is, that a good runner will understand the value of running slowly. It’s the best way to generate strength and fitness in the body. So to become a better running machine and to stay in shape, running slowly is key.
Fast runners don’t have to run fast at the risk of losing their speed. They need plenty of recovery like the rest of us. They also need to stay strong and avoid injury…….just like the rest of us.
Add to that the likelihood that a capable runner will already have tested him/herself to their limit, in accordance with their personal training program, before accepting your invitation, or asking you if you fancy a run.
If a runner has a big week in training, or completes a tough event – only to then ask you if you fancy a jog, don’t be put off or intimidated. Understand that they’ve been desperate to join you or to catch up in general, but have had the pressure to nail their training until now and it’s finally possible to switch off and run for fun.
Go share the experience.
They’ll genuinely want to share time with you and enjoy a chatty run for fun. It’ll be their chance to rest and recover. So go with it.
All great runners started at the beginning. All good runners still run slowly a lot more than they run fast.
Running slowly with someone who could, if they chose to, leave you in the dust – will do you both a lot of good.
If their motive is to enjoy seeing you and that’s the main thing, then you can enjoy narrowing that gap as time goes on (and you will).
Sure, there are ****holes who do show off and never let you off with an easy run, always making sure they’re one step ahead and treating a group social as if it’s a race. But they’re not likely to have suggested a simple run that suits you in the first place. Nor are they likely to have accepted your offer of a friendly catch up either.
So trust that if a familiar face, who just happens to have been a runner for longer than you have, suddenly chooses to exploit the opportunity and combine your newly shared interest, with a chance to catch up and spend quality time together – you should go.
The worst that will happen is that you’ll up your game and they’ll get a well earned rest. Ideal for both of you, as long as it’s at the right time/place and you still do your own thing the rest of the time.
Have fun. And if in doubt – slow down.
See you out there.