How Much Talking On The Run Is Too Much?

When it is okay to talk on the run and when you should give your buddy some peace and quiet.


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: If you end up running the same speed as someone you don’t know during a race or just out on a run, how much casual conversation is too much?

I like the convo but don’t want to risk irritating someone. This is one of those times when you have to try really hard to read someone else. Have they been friendly? Did they engage in conversation with you as well—or give you one word answers while keeping their eyes on the path? If you can’t tell from their responses, you can always ask. “Please let me know if you’d rather run alone, or without conversation. It helps me, but I know it’s not for everyone.”

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

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