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Talking the talk

Whether they ride bikes, go for a run or whatever, those interested in having early-morning exercise partners have to make sure of the compatibility factor.

The other person or persons need to be reliable about meeting on time. And it's probably a good idea if everyone is in the same ballpark in terms of fitness.

But it seems like there is another question that needs to be asked: How much talking do we want to do?

Some groups chatter up a storm. It's virtually nonstop conversation. (Though sometimes it appears to be one person doing most of the talking.)

Others roll or run along without a word.

One approach is not inherently better than the other. But they sure are different.

I wonder how many workout-partner relationships have hit the rocks because of disagreement about how much 5 a.m. talk is desired?

Maybe that's why some people prefer to use that time to walk the dog.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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