Being a Good Walking Partner Rules
1. Keep the Date: If you've agreed to a time and place to meet to walk, keep that date except in cases of true emergencies.
Notify your walking partner as far in advance as you can (and agree how to contact each other - text, call, email) if you truly cannot make it.
2. Be on Time: An appointment or date is a scheduled event, if you are always late, it may cut into your walking partner's day or shorten your walking time.
3. Don't Whine: If your feet hurt or you're uncomfortable because it is extraordinarily hot or cold outside, it's likely that your walking partner is feeling the same thing. Hearing about it, however, makes the miles seem longer and negatively influences the walk. Be as positive as possible and enjoy the time with your walking partner.
4. Agree on Speed and Hills: Are you going to walk together and match pace? Each workout may create different compatible issues so check in at the start of each meeting concerning both speed and hill challenges. Discussing and adjusting the route to best meet the day will make the walk the most effective for both of you.
5. Share Important, Relevant Medical Information: If you have a chronic condition that might require medical attention while walking, let your walking partner know about it and any drugs you carry to counter it. You don't have to make this a common part of your conversation, but let your partner know up front if these problems might occur and what she should do.
6. Ask Before Bringing a Friend or Dog: Adding a dog adds complexity to walking with somebody else. Ask first. Give your walking partner warning if you are bringing somebody else along, too. This is the same courtesy as if you were showing up for dinner for two with a third person.
7. Agree on Stops: If you need a bathroom break, a coffee break or any other break during your walk agree on it with your partner before you start.
8. Agree on Silent Times or Listening to Tunes: Some walking partners like to listen to music and walk together for safety and to maintain pace, but not for conversation. Others may want to limit their conversation when they are getting tired or tackling a hill. Discuss this in advance so your partner can bring their own music -- or not be hurt that you aren't talking to them.
9. Limit Phone Calls and Texting: Don't break off your conversation with your walking partner to take non-emergency phone calls or read texts while walking together. Imagine this is a family dinner and inform your usual callers that you won't be available during this time.
10. Mind Your Conversation Topics: Keep your conversation on the same level as dinner conversation.
Don't talk religion or politics until you are sure such topics are welcome. Don't unload all of your personal problems onto your walking partner. Don't assume they are happy to share all of the details of your problems about your spouse, money, or medical ills.