Idea 8: Say Hi to Every Runner You See

hiIn general, runners are usually awesome, delightful, and friendly people.  That is why I find it odd at times that a fellow runner may run by you from the other direction and not even acknowledge you.  Fortunately, I would say 90% of the people I run by will at least grunt out something, but this doesn’t seem to be universal etiquette.  From my experience, runners greeting each other also seems to be more prevalent in the suburbs or rural areas than in the higher density urban areas.  And I can understand when running in a crowded area, greeting every fellow runners is just not practical and may be a bit silly if you have to say hello every 30 seconds – but this is not normally the case.

I’m a pretty extreme introvert, but find it only natural to give a nod, smile, and cheery ‘good morning’ greeting.  I’ll also try to throw a little wave in there in case they are wearing headphones.  When I pass someone and they return the greeting, it puts a little more pep in my step and makes me feel a little more connected to others.  If someone totally ignores me or stares back and gives me an odd look, it makes me wonder, but I have pretty thick skin, so don’t dwell on it too much.  Regardless of the risk of being ignored, it doesn’t stop me from being human and continuing to say hello first every time I see a fellow runner out on the streets.

A simple hello or smile from a stranger can brighten another person’s day in ways we may never know.  I especially make it a point to say a hearty hello to someone who looks like they may a newbie or struggling to lose some weight.  Many of us experienced runners tend to forget it takes a lot of courage for someone to get out there and start running for the first time, especially when they may be very self-conscious.  It doesn’t cost a dime, and who knows, that simple but sincere greeting could turn someone into a lifetime runner.

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About runninginspired

I’m in my mid-40s and have been running for about 19 years. I have finished 24 marathons with a personal best time of 3:04. I currently reside in San Diego, CA. I enjoy running since it keeps you honest and will give back what you put into it. Work hard, but smart, and good results will eventually follow. I like to experiment with training plans, gadgets, shoes, and nutrition to find what works for me. The primary purpose of this blog is to document my training and thoughts about running in my ongoing quest to improve my fitness and health.
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6 Responses to Idea 8: Say Hi to Every Runner You See

  1. I don’t run road that often but try to do this on trails. If anything it gives me a good idea of how I’m doing! If I can say hello, or morning without sounding like an asthmatic, I smile and keep going. If only more people thought the same. Great post 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment. Just did a run this morning, and with the exception of two people, everyone seemed to muster a ‘good morning’ or wave. I find people seem to be a bit more friendlier on the trails than the road.

  2. Karen says:

    I try to give a smile or a cheery “good morning!” when I’m out. Getting any kind of response (even a look in my direction) can be hit or miss. I understand that folks are concentrating on their running but it takes nothing to just nod in someone else’s direction. I figure if you’re not having fun and enjoying yourself enough to offer a simple acknowledgement, what’s the point?

  3. ceestodds says:

    I run in a training group for an upcoming marathon with people who vary greatly in speed. We do speed workouts and end up running past each other in opposite directions. Since it’s speed work I don’t typically muster up the energy to yell encouragement (and i wear headphones), but I always smile, nod and wave. It blows me away the amount of people who don’t even make eye contact! I hope more runners see this post and adapt their ways!

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