You are at the race track, all geared up in your shorts, shirt and spikes ready for a race. You persuade a lovely female runner to race with you. She agrees and off you go, pelting down the track as fast as your legs can carry you. You hurtle around the track and complete the lap just as she finishes getting organised on the starting blocks. She is ready to go and you are just not ready to go round again - not JUST yet anyway!
Do this too often and no one will want to race you, will they?
Familiar? I hope not, but if it is, read on.
Here are a few hints that will make running with you more appealing:
- Do not try to "win" the race.
- Give the other runner a head start - warm up on the start line for a while so she can at least get going before you set off after her. Letting her complete a couple of laps first will make her much more likely to want to race you again.
- When you finally do set off, don't sprint, pace yourself. Soldiers often use a mix of jogging and fast walking to allow them to cover very long distances without tiring...
- Remember that you will probably only get to do one lap without a good rest, so try to make sure that you both cross the finish line at the same time.
- You may find that, after all this the other runner is all fired up for another lap or two. Do what you can to make sure she succeeds. Again, this will make her more likely to want to race you again.
That is all for today.
Happy racing everyone!