Fitness/ Running

Do You Still Workout When Your Workout Buddy Stands You Up?

Recently I was faced with that dilemma with my lunch time running buddies at work. I got all dressed in my gear and was ready to run. I went to the elevator bank to meet my running buddies – three of them were supposed to meet me, so I waited.

…and waited …

…and waited …

….10 minutes went by …

(Now a one hour lunch break seems like a fairly long time to run 5k, but when you factor time to get change into and out of your workout clothes, and scarfing down some fruit, a tuna salad and some cottage cheese, it really doesn’t leave much time for fooling around.)

So then I was faced with a dilemma:
Do I keep waiting, in the off chance they’re late, and run a shorter route with them? Or do I go for my planned 5k run regardless?

I chose to run regardless, and managed to get my 5k in, although I had to run it fast in order to get back to my desk in time.

My question to you is…
What would you do? Would you run anyways? Or would you wait? How long would you wait?

Please join the discussion below:


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  • Jeannie
    November 26, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Seem to me what you did was ok. I think 10 minutes is plenty long to wait. If you give a certain time, you can’t expect others to wait around for you indefinitely and cancel or spoil their plans just for you. No way am I going to miss my workout or even cut it short if my rundates can’t at least be considerate enough to get there by that time.

  • Rachel
    November 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I would run anyways. It seems I’m always on a timer with family, work, and other activities. I would also nicely tell them that I just don’t have time to wait – and I have to get my run it at this time. Rachel.

  • Coco
    November 28, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I think 10 min is generous, especially when you have a set time window to workout in. Yesterday my friend cancelled on our plans to go for a long walk, but I went on my own. There’s a reason that I am meeting my fitness goals and she isn’t. 😉

    • Janice
      November 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Lol – good point & great job on your walk!

  • Ginger Arnold
    December 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I go to the gym regularly. My granddaughter signed up with me; however, its sometimes hard to get her to go, with her work schedule. I go anyway. I love going, I always feel so energized. I never realized what I was missing by not doing this soon in my life.

  • Kodjo
    January 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

    If workout partners are late and they do not call or text you within the first 5min, apologizing, that should be a big red flag on its own. They either don’t take it seriously, or they’re not going to show up. Either way, it’s lose-lose to wait. To top it off they are aware you have a hard stop!!

    When choosing workout partners, one has to always make sure their partners are on the same (or higher level of) motivational spectrum as one is. Otherwise, you will likely set yourself up for disappointment frequently.

    To answer your question, I will leave within the first 5mins, if I don’t get a call or a text.

  • Lisa
    January 31, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    What a good topic!
    1) I don’t usually workout with buddies. I do have one friend who often meets me at the gym. She’s cancelled several times but I worked out anyway because that’s my norm.
    2) The only time it effected me was when a friend cancelled right before we were supposed to go trail running together. I did something else because I didn’t want to run trails alone (dangerous!).

    I think it’s important to have my own workout routine and be self-reliant. But I also enjoy having friends join me once in awhile to keep it fun and fresh. My schedule doesn’t revolve around them, though. So if they cancel…oh well! Fitness doesn’t cancel! 🙂

  • Maria
    January 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I would’ve called also would’ve left in 5 minutes..believe me it has happen to me in the past.Because I’m doing it for myself too.Later gater..yay! :*D’