Running friends don’t let running friends get injured
A running friend...
… describes his accelerated switch to an advanced-level training program with considerably more weekly mileage and more intense speed work.
…has just discovered the excitement of running and racing and can’t get enough. He has a race picked out for most weekends, at a variety of distances, with a half marathon at the end of the season which is very important to him.
I’ve been in all these situations, plus many others like them, where a runner discusses going down a path with injury written all over it. So what do you do?
Do you follow your gut and speak up? Or do you let a running friend learn the hard way like most runners learn?
Do you resist explaining what conventional running wisdom would advise and risk dashing their hopes and dreams to the ground?
Do you risk coming across as a know-it-all?
Do you advise them to see a doc even if it means the doc will sideline them from running or even racing? Do you suggest they reconsider their racing schedule?
How about this? Each of these scenarios is with a BRF—a blogging running friend—who publicly discusses these situations on a post. Do you wish them the best, offer alternative suggestions, or just remain silent?
Do we help runners avoid the pain, disappointment, and setback in their running that we've experienced, or let them figure it out themselves?
I've been wondering if this week's focus on running injuries also deserves some discussion on if and how, as runners, we can proactively support each other, including speaking up and holding a tough conversation even if it means risking the running friendship.
You'd think running friends wouldn't let running friends get injured. But do we?
We're looking forward to you sharing your experience and wisdom in tomorrow's Take It And Run Thursday.