I might break down and find someone else who is slow to train with me. One thing I like about running is that it's alone time, but I could see it being helpful for longer distances to have someone to chat with.
So, I'll look into some of the training programs. My preference, though, is for a single partner.
Here are the requirements:
1) Must run about a 12-minute mile when running comfortably, at conversation pace. A little faster or slower is OK. If this whole training thing continues to work (and why shouldn't it?), we'll be faster fairly quickly.
2) Must be female. Requirement No. 1 basically takes care of that one. Oh, I could run with a (very slow) man, and I'd probably like it. I like male energy, and I've always had a lot of strong, platonic relationships with men, undoubtedly from having so many brothers and from working around sports.
Running regularly with other men would not go over well with Paul, though, and it's important to me that he's comfortable on this one.
3) Must live relatively close by. For obvious reasons.
An update: I talked to a nice, slow female friend, who is about my age. We are in negotiations. We'll run tonight, just to see how it goes.
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