Don't become friends with someone who has exponentially more athletic ability and self drive than yourself.
So I have this mom friend; how we met and became friends is a whole other story in itself. [It may have involved me stalking her down a bit, but hey she's glad I did! haha] We have a lot in common: both had a baby last year, both are teachers, both are off on child-care leave this year, both coached high school sports, and the best part is I can see her house from here.
The difference? She is a heck of a lot better athlete than me! Or maybe she is just more driven! I used to be a good athlete, but then I graduated high school. LOL. I can still keep up easily with the junior varsity girls on the cross country team, and I enjoy running with them because I can run with them the majority of the time but then sit out the really really hard workouts and write down times / act busy so I don't feel guilty. I was an assistant coach for 6 years before taking this year off and the most I ever ran at a time was 8 miles. I never run in the winter and I wouldn't say running is in my "top 3 ways to exercise".
So, to make a long story short, mom friend begged me to train and run a half-marathon with her. I wanted to say "heck no, you are crazy, I'd rather be lazy" but I know I need a kick in the butt to get these last 5 lbs off. I looked a few training tables online that looked like this:
I was feeling pretty confident! I could handle that! Then super-driven former-collegiate athlete mom friend gives me this:
Yes, that would be 9 miles next week (remember I have only ever run 8 at a time and that I never run in the winter?!!). And go ahead and forget about 14 miles with the last 4 at race pace. WOWSERS!
In conclusion, being friends with someone more driven than yourself only makes you feel inadequate and makes you much more creative when it comes to making up excuses! ;)