Friends are people who run with you more than once. I'm blessed with some of those.
Persons who provide the motivation to be somewhere at a certain time to put in 5 or 6 miles. It's a commitment that friends make and keep.
I view running as a five times a week adventure that I like to share with friends. That's why I like to run different routes all the time.
It's okay to get lost occasionally and have to backtrack or go out of your way a long way. You're a runner after all.