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How To Handle That Overbearing, Micromanaging Running Buddy

Etiquette expert and runner Lizzie Post knows a thing or two about the rules of the road.

My run buddy micro-manages my marathon training all the time. How do I tell her to back off?

It can be hard when friends are trying to be helpful, but instead they hit the over-bearing mark. Be honest but gentle with her. “Kate, I love the advice, but right now I’m getting information overload. How about I make a list of questions and when I’m ready to absorb more, I’ll get in touch? In the meantime, I’d love to grab a cup of coffee and hear how you’re doing.”

It’s always best to remember that a friend is just trying to help. Shift the focus back on the friendship part of it, and you may be able to get the micromanager off your back.

Have a question for Lizzie? Email editorial@womensrunning.com or tweet @womensrunning with the hashtag #ProperForm.

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