Went out for my last run before my work charity race on Tuesday. i was just settling into the run at a pretty good clip when I saw a family pass out of the corner of my eye. The lady looked at me a little odd, but I continued on, until I heard them yelling at me.
I turned around and it was a friend of my partner's, we get together with them every few months. The lady was saying that "she normally doesn't stop people when they run", but then proceeded to ask about my weekend, my boyfriend's work, tell me about their plans for that afternoon, etc. etc. I really wanted to get back running, and was nodding up and down, trying to wrap it up - we could call them later. Her husband was making well-meaning but frustrating comments such as "looks like good form there" and "keep running on the spot while you talk to us".
After detaching from them I finished my run, which turned into more of a run-walk. My focus was completely gone, I had no steady pacing and I just couldn't get back into it.
Frustrating! I've never run into anyone I've known before on a run. In hindsight, maybe I could have just waved and carried on, but that seems rude. I guess for the rare occasion it happens, it's not so bad, but it would crush me once I return to longer duration runs.
What do you guys do when you see someone that wants to chat but you are itching to push on?