When I was in a 5K training 'class'/clinic, they had us running at a level where we could still chat with our running partners - not serious discussions about western philosophy and literature mind you, but chat. They told us if we couldn't chat, our exertion level was too high. Granted, there are times when you might want to push yourself to that level, but it doesn't have to be every workout. And let's face it, a bunch of people at SP are beginning exercisers - they might be intimidated to think they have to workout at a level where they can't talk to get any benefit. That's just not true!
Personally, I don't start up a conversation with strangers, but I also don't mind if people around me are chatting. If that's what they need to do to stay motivated, more power to them! And during my 5K clinic, the times when I ran (and chatted) with a partner were a nice break from my usual solitary mode - and she pushed me to run harder than I would on my own.
- 1/13/2012 9:57:15 PM