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Do You Have To Share Nutrition With Your Running Buds?

Etiquette expert Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, knows a thing or two about the rules of the road—and the descendant of the famous decorum diva is a runner too! 

Q: Do you think it’s rude not to share chews or whatever I have to eat on a run with others in my group, especially when they don’t have anything? Or is it annoying to ask for fuel from others?

For most running groups (each does have its own set of rules and norms), you bring what you need and you’re not expected to share. If I were with someone having an off-day and struggling, I would probably offer anything I could. But if you take out a chew on a regular run and the guy next to you asks for one, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to agree to or decline his request.

If you need to decline, simply say, “Sorry, I don’t have enough to share today.” It’s not rude to refuse—it just depends on your nature and how much you have to share (if any). As to whether it’s rude to ask for fuel yourself, again I defer to the group’s norms. If it’s common practice to ask and to offer, great, do it. But if asking for an extra is rare, I suggest waiting for the person who has it to offer.

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

Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post, is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th edition as well as Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette 6th edition and The Etiquette Advantage in Business 3rd edition. Lizzie does speaking engagements across the country sharing advice about entertaining, weddings, dating, dining etiquette, tech-etiquette, finance and lifestyle. She has worked as a spokesperson for companies including Bank of America, American Express, AirBnB, and Genentech. She is a columnist with Women’s Running magazine, Good Housekeeping magazine, and Houzz.com. She is the co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast on American Public Media’s podcast network Infinite Guest. She is a regular guest on American Public Media’s The Dinner Party. Lizzie offers a fresh perspective with an engaging and modern voice. She delights in tackling etiquette’s taboo topics with the media, making her a popular source. Her interviews include NBC’s The Today Show, Katie, Fox & Friends, Live with Kelly and Michael, The Gayle King Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Glamour, Redbook, The Huffington Post and more.