I usually run on my own as impossible committing to meeting someone at a certain time to go out, but this evening, somehow managed it. We got to the meeting point on time and off we went. Their stride was significantly less than mine so I started to reduce mine to keep us together but, after about 10 minutes, my back and legs started to ache a little and I also started putting in little steps just to keep the rhythm going. I was thinking that this really wasn't such a good idea after all when we arrived back at the car and was asked if I wanted to go around again (something I have never been motivated to do on my own). Seeing the shocked look on my face, they said it would be easier because we could motivate each other along the way. And they were right and we have tentatively agreed another run for Monday. So, am asking the good people of arrse who make fitness a lifestyle rather than a choice, is a running buddy a good idea or not? I wouldn't even have considered going around again if they weren't there but putting little steps in to keep us together is throwing me off my stride. Any suggestions?