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Is It Rude For Your Running Buddy To Wear Headphones?

Navigating the running world with grace isn't easy. Lizzie Post shares how to handle this awkward running with headphones situation.

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Navigating the world of running with grace and poise isn’t always easy. What is the correct distance to launch a snot rocket, after all? Thankfully, 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 always runs with headphones and it hurts my feelings. How can I tell her she’s being rude?

Lizzie Post: Sometimes runners are so used to working out alone, they forget how to run with others! I’d tell your friend directly that you’d love your next run to be headphone-free so you can talk and enjoy each other’s company. She may say she really needs the music to keep her going, in which case you can decide if you’d like to keep running with her or not.

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

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