Running with friends is the best sort of running :)

Yesterday my friend Hayley asked if I wanted to go for a little four mile jog with her from the lakes after work.  Hayley joined the beginners group the same time as me back in Spring 2011 and we both ran our first marathon together in April 2012.  Hayley was plagued with injuries not long after and has struggled to get back into a regular running routine since.  I haven’t run with her for months.  I jumped at the chance to go running with her last night, despite her warning me that she would probably be at 11-11:30min miles.  I got changed straight after school, got some firewood in and the fire going and jumped in my car to get to the lakes.


We actually probably ran at 10:30mm average but walked for the first 0.15 miles as a warm-up, ran out for two miles then had a little walk as a break for Hayley, before turning round and running another two miles and walking back to our cars.

It was so nice to have a proper gossipy catchup with somebody whilst running.  Other than heading out with Hayley, and occasionally Jenny, I’m very reluctant to run out with others, especially as a group.  I worry that I will be too slow, or need the toilet, or feel constricted going at a certain pace.  When I run with Hayley or Jenny I feel like I can relax and just have a truly chatty, relaxed run, not worrying about my pace or if I’m struggling at all.  Although I love being part of a running club at times I worry myself before going to training on a Tuesday or Thursday evening, that I won’t be up to the standard of the rest of the group, and nobody will stick by me when I’m struggling as they will be concentrating so much on their own running.

Running out with Kev on Saturday was great (despite feeling so very poorly!)  When I’m feeling 100% again I plan on making a lot more of his long weekend trail runs over the Summer!

IMG_7499On the topic of feeling better, after getting back from my run last night I managed to eat the entire meal that Dan had cooked for me.  Boiled potatoes, breaded fish and LOADS of baked beans.  This is one of the first full meals I’ve been able to eat and not forced myself to do so and I’m feeling hopeful that I’m now on the mend!


3 thoughts on “Running with friends is the best sort of running :)

  1. Glad you enjoyed the run and that you are getting better. I think that running with people can be good, but overall I prefer going out by myself. I run faster with other people, and it has helped me to speed up. Although with the sweatshop runs we often start off chatting and together, but generally after about half a mile we are a bit more spread out and we save all the chatting for the end. If I run with Andy the time passes quickly as we tend to chat, but I also struggle to keep up with him at times, and feel bad slowing down as then I am making him slow down too. I always make him take a key too just in case he has to get home before me (that has never happened but it makes me feel better- like there is no pressure or something).
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    1. I go through phases as to which I prefer. I love running by myself; especially after a busy week at work on a Friday evening, just going and knocking out a 5 mile run and thinking about the week and then wiping it from my mind by the end of the run. But then like you, I definitely push myself more when with other people. I always have the worry in the back of my mind that I’m slowing somebody down as well…it’s hard to get out of that way of thinking but often the other person is just grateful of the company.

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