Join the debate. Vote Now on the Dear Abby Poll of the week.

by Abigail Van Buren

Race Belongs To The Swift, And So Do Training Runs

DEAR ABBY: I am struggling with my friend. We're both on the cross-country team, but I can run farther than she can. When she stops to walk, I continue to run, but when I do, it makes her very upset. She says I should stop running and walk with her. But if I do that, I will lose valuable mileage.

I don't know what to do. Should I wait for her? -- SWIFTY IN NEVADA

DEAR SWIFTY: No, you shouldn't. Each of you should proceed according to your ability. Please discuss this with your coach. I know she (or he) will back me up on this.

Read more in: Friends & Neighbors | Teens | Etiquette & Ethics