Have you ever run with someone who has to be at least half a step ahead of you?

Too many times I see runners running the pace of those around them to their detriment.

I too have been caught in this phenomenon before. Your running buddy starts out half a step in front of you. You pick up your pace to run alongside them and they pick up their pace again. Every time you pull alongside them, they go faster. They just won’t allow you to run next to or in front of them. This can be frustrating.

But more than frustrating, it can affect the rest of the runs you have planned for the week.

Let’s say you meet a friend for a run on Monday. Soon after you start, the pace quickens. You are aware that you have a key speed workout on Tuesday, but go with your buddy any way. Tuesday comes and you find you are too tired and unable to hit your times.

In addition to that, you were so affected, Thursday’s moderate pace workout had to be run easy as well.

Getting caught up in someone else’s workout has the potential to derail an entire week of training or more, depending on the duration and the intensity of the run.

That being said, there are times you may want to capitalize on how good you’re feeling and kick the pace up along with your running buddy. And that is ok.  Problems arise when it’s done too many times.

All I’m saying is each workout has a purpose and it’s important to be aware of what that is. Be aware of how it affect the rest of the runs you have planned for the week; especially if you are in a race-specific training phase of your program and have.

This phenomenon doesn’t just happen in training, it happens in races as well.

Just the other day, I was running with a guy who completed a marathon the weekend before. When i asked him how he did, he said “it was horrible.”. I asked him why? He said it was because someone was next to him.

Early in the race, he found himself running alongside another runner. They struck up a conversation and matched strides. About 18 miles into the race he faded. I asked him if he finished with the other guy.

In this episode, I talk about why it’s important to run your own pace and run your own pace.

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See you next time.