That way you won’t be distressed when that old guy comes floating off the hill on another path and hands you your ass on a plate.
Even though that old guy is probably younger than you
Even though you are 3 hours into a long run and he probably isn’t long out the door
Even though you have just done a killer hill session and your legs are trashed
Even though you are deliberately keeping your heart rate low.
Even though you a running your own pace and have no reason to be competitive
Even though you let him go because you know you couldn’t keep up without looking like a twat
Even though you just know that any other day you could take him