On my run yesterday, I unexpectedly ran into a fellow board member from my running club. We were passing on the pathway and both broke into big grins and shouted hello to each other. It kept the grin on my face for the next few minutes.
A bit later, I passed another runner, a stranger. When I smiled and said “good morning” to her, I got no response. My grin? Kind of gone. This is one of my pet peeves. When you pass another runner and they smile or say hello, how about a response?
I get that other runners might be in the midst of a speed set and working hard, but still–I think we can all extend common courtesy out there, can’t we? Even if I’m sweating it out at tempo pace, I can manage a nod. I don’t care if you’re faster than me, slower than me, or about the same, we share a common bond. To me, smiling in acknowledgment to a fellow runner is just part of the package.
What do you guys think? Are you a waver/nodder, or would you rather be left alone out there?
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