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I find it really uplifting when people smile/wave or generally acknowledge me when I'm out running and I have started reciprocating; because been relatively new to running I was rather shy and felt rather unsure of the protocol. On the whole I like it and I'd like to think that people on the receiving end of my friendly wave/nod/smile, feel cheered up and pass on the good feeling to others.
There doesn't have to be any serious reason for starting an article or thread about "waving" and it is good to share personal experiences such as this one, because whether we admit it or not everybody appreciates a "pat on the back" to say well done; it doesn't make us any less human.
On the otherhand if other runners don't say hello/nod/wave/smile it doesn't matter either, but it is nicer to have the friendly wave/nod/smile
I'm a waver (or say good morning if its a long slow run) and living on a small friendly island, the vast majority of people I see when I'm out plodding respond.
To pick up on the points about saying good morning, I was amazed that last August, when I went back to my parents home in the SouthWest of England and went for a little 5 mile run at 7.30 on a weekday morning. I was AMAZED by the look of terror on the faces of people, runners or not, when I greated them with a (cheery) good morning ! The didn't know whether to respond or treat me like a nutter and just ignore me. Has the average person in the UK forgotten how to be friendly ?
Heh, I was out running recently along a towpath and encountered a teenage lad. I thought he asked or said something as I went past so stopped, turned to him and went "did you say something, mate?" Maybe he was wanting directions or something. He fair jumped out of his skin and nervously said no, nothing, it's alright ...
I carried on and when I saw my reflection in a car window realised why. Shaven head, red face, grimace and a large throbbing vein across my temple ... poor kid probably thought I was well 'ard and trying to pick a fight with him. But I'm a pussycat really!
Definitely a waver!
try to judge whether the fellow runner is a waver or not by trying to get eye contact way before they pass. If they are seriously keeping their focus staring straight ahead I will then not always bother. Most of the time I make effort anyway, say hi, or smile, in the hope that I dont feel like an idiot.
Me too Turbo,
I'm one of those annoying people who says hello to everyone when I'm running
if they don't aknowledge me in return, ................... there loss not mine
early morning women running always seem to ignore me.
Women - do you feel slightly threatened by male runners as its quiet at 6am? just wondered......
I'm a waver, and I usually say "mornin" or some other greeting
I did a non-scientific survey of the folks I passed on my last long run (Sunday 6am)
Set myself the challenge of saying "Hello" to everyone I passed or who passed me. Managed to get a response from 27 of the 31 folks I saw, including cyclists, runners, dog walkers, and a guy in a tux at 6:30am
From my short survey the friendliest are the elderly male dog walkers. The folks who didn't respond included a youth with a very black eye (who obviously wasn't in the mood for chatting), a guy who looked at me like I was from another planet when I said hello, and a 'larger lady' who scowled at me when I spoke to her - maybe the sight of me all red faced, but cheerful, running up a hill wasn't to her taste.
All of the runners made some kind of acknowledgement, whether it be a nod, wave, hello or a return "morning", and the poor fella who looked like he was out for an early morning torture session who asked "Why the hell do we put ourselves through this"
Simon Coombes 2 wrote (see)
early morning women running always seem to ignore me.Women - do you feel slightly threatened by male runners as its quiet at 6am? just wondered......
I don't feel threatened at all when I'm running early morning, was bizarre seeing the guy in the tuxedo, but hey, folks are strange.