Read it, learn it, live it.
1. Run with your pace group. If you can comfortably run 7:30 miles, don’t run with the 8:30 pace group unless you’re going to run in the back. I know you’ve promised to run our pace, but when you run at the front of the pack you inevitably (perhaps inadvertently) speed up. Quit showing off how fast you are and screwing up everyone else’s pace.
2. Stay abreast of the other runners. Few things are more irritating than the runner who insists on always being three paces in front of everyone else. Cut it out.
3. It’s OK if no one talks for a few minutes. Don’t be frightened by an occasional silence - sometimes it’s nice to just run with a friend and enjoy the scenery.
4. If I want your running advice or encouragement I will ask for it. I’ve run a few races too (more than you actuallly). Seriously, I’m killing myself during the speed workout, I don’t need you telling me that the slowest runner in the group is about to catch me.
5. If I suddenly slow down and ask you to go on without me, it means that I WOULD LIKE YOU TO GO ON WITHOUT ME. Offering once to slow down or stop with me is courteous, continuing to insist on staying with me is not.
6. If I tell you, “No really, please go on without me. I need to get my shit together.” It means, I LITERALLY HAVE TO GET MY SHIT TOGETHER AND AM ABOUT TO GO OFF-ROAD TO TAKE A DUMP, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WOULD YOU PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE.
7. Get here on time, because we’re starting on time (with or without you). If you’re running late send a text and we’ll tell you which direction we’re running.
I love my running group, in part because most everyone understands these unwritten rules. If you’re new to a running group, this may help you fit in.