Wednesday, September 30, 2009
will run for fun!
Today I did something I don't normally do: I ran on my lunch hour. I think it is only the third time I've done it now that I think about it. The first was sometime within the first spring that I started running and the second was sometime this summer.
The main reason I decided to run at lunch was because a coworker has been complaining that she can't find the time to run after work. She has two small children and finding the time to run is pretty tough. I know I have lots of time on my hands, but even I have trouble getting out the door sometimes. I figured I could help get her out there and since I don't really have a set training schedule right now, I need a little motivation to get a run in as well. If I don't have a specific race to train for, I find it difficult to get out and run. So it seemed like a win-win situation. I would be convinced to get out and run, she would be convinced to get out and run.
For the most part, aside from the cold wind that gave me a "wind headache", it was a success. Unfortunately there was one issue: she mentioned several times that she figured that I was being held back and that this was probably barely worth my time. She even thanked me for the "pity run". As we started, she talked about a conversation she had with a friend of her's last night, about how she was nervous about running with me because I'm a "better runner" than her. I quickly said "well, I'm a bit faster, but not better..." I guess it is true, my best 5K time is about 5 minutes faster than hers and the farthest she has run is just over 10K, I've run a few half marathons...but that doesn't mean we can't run together.
(and it feels really weird that someone might feel intimidated about running with me...ME?!?)
I tried to assure her that I wouldn't have suggested we run together if I didn't think it was "worth my time". Getting out and doing 5K at lunch is better than sitting around! Plus, today I was definitely appreciating an extra excuse to slow it down a bit. I got to run for FUN! It was great! But I'm just not sure if I managed to convince her that I actually enjoyed the run.
So here's my question for you: how to I assure her that running with her wasn't a "pity run"? Is there a way I can make her feel more comfortable about running with me? How do I convince her that I actually enjoyed myself?