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 friend talks about running all the time. I love it too, but what’s a nice way of telling her that I want to talk about something else?
Super simple solution to this: Keep changing the subject to non-running topics. If it’s an obvious problem at any given time, it’s okay to let her know. “I love you, girl, but we have to talk about something other than running. I’m dying to know how your trip went!” Changing the subject to something that’s about her will help get her on track with a different conversation while still showing interest.
Have a question for Lizzie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @womensrunning with the hashtag #ProperForm.