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No, You Don’t Have To Be An Early Bird To Be A Runner

Etiquette expert Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, knows a thing or two about the rules of the road—and the descendant of the famous decorum diva is a runner too! 

Q: My training group meets at 7 a.m. on Sundays. I don’t understand why runners always want to head out so early. Is it okay to see if they can push the time back? I don’t want to seem lazy, but it’s the weekend!

It’s absolutely fine for you to ask your crew if an alternate time would work. Proposing ideas should always be welcome in any recreational group. Whether or not the others will take the suggestion is a different story—but it’s not rude or inappropriate to voice your thoughts.

You may discover that other members were hoping for a later start time as well. Or it may turn out that this group really loves those early a.m. runs. Either way, feel confident when expressing your ideas. If the group doesn’t choose later start times, you can always join or start another group.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to live life on your schedule when it comes to your free time.

Have a question for Lizzie? Email or tweet @womensrunning with the hashtag #ProperForm.

Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post, is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th edition as well as Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette 6th edition and The Etiquette Advantage in Business 3rd edition. Lizzie does speaking engagements across the country sharing advice about entertaining, weddings, dating, dining etiquette, tech-etiquette, finance and lifestyle. She has worked as a spokesperson for companies including Bank of America, American Express, AirBnB, and Genentech. She is a columnist with Women’s Running magazine, Good Housekeeping magazine, and She is the co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast on American Public Media’s podcast network Infinite Guest. She is a regular guest on American Public Media’s The Dinner Party. Lizzie offers a fresh perspective with an engaging and modern voice. She delights in tackling etiquette’s taboo topics with the media, making her a popular source. Her interviews include NBC’s The Today Show, Katie, Fox & Friends, Live with Kelly and Michael, The Gayle King Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Glamour, Redbook, The Huffington Post and more.