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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: A close friend of mine isn’t a runner, but she never shows interest in the fact that running is a big part of my life. I ask her about things important to her when we hang out, but she never checks in with me about my training. Should I bring this up or just leave the run chat to my running buddies?
You certainly could broach the subject with her and ask if there’s a reason she doesn’t seem to engage in your runner’s talk—maybe it makes her feel left out or uncomfortable in some way.
If you already have running buddies to discuss training with, you may want to think about this as a run-free friendship. It’s okay to have friends that we bond with about specific things, and other friends with whom we share every part of our lives. The real question is: Even without the run talk, do you enjoy your relationship?
Have a question for Lizzie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @womensrunning with the hashtag #ProperForm.