Aaawww what a nice man!

Met a fellow (total stranger) runner on way home!

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01/10/2009 at 19:47

Tonight i was walking home from my sisters and there was an older man in front, i was walking fast so was just on the verge of overtaking him an he heard me behind and said "oh your walking fast" an i replied "yeah i'm a runner so walking fast is easy peasy" and he then said "yeah me too".

Then all the way up the road to where we went off on our different paths  we had a lovely conversation all about running an about how good for you it is an how its a great way to keep fit and the like.  We both left off saying "keep with it" and "happy running". An it's left me thinking how great the running community an comeradery can be between fellow runners.

01/10/2009 at 20:00
Nice experience. Most runners I come across when training don't even make eye contact though.
01/10/2009 at 20:03
Yeah, same here. I put my hand up to three runners last night and they all ignored me. Arrogant pratts.
Lee the Pea    pirate
01/10/2009 at 20:04
Nice one Jenni! Makes a difference when you make a connection like that
Lee the Pea    pirate
01/10/2009 at 20:05
Hmm, well some of us might not feel that way of course!
01/10/2009 at 20:11
I only have a handfull of other runners round here, quite a rural area, however, they are all more than happy to see a fellow runner, and always smile, wave, say hello, good morning etc etc.
01/10/2009 at 20:30

I've worked in my current job for 7 years now, and I've occasionally passed a random bloke from another department in the corridor. I've never said more than a 'good morning' to the guy in 7 years, but on Monday lunch time I saw him running on the canal tow path.

.........needless to say, we are now firm buddies, and spend ages chatting in the aforementioned corridor instead of passing each other with a cursory nod.  

running is just like that.

seren nos    pirate
01/10/2009 at 20:32

nearly everyone I say hello to running says hello back.. a big hello and a smile is usually returned..........

01/10/2009 at 20:39

Most runners I pass smile or nod back. 

When I'm driving and I let a runner cross the road I want to be able to let on that I run too, we need a special sign/gesture to communicate!

01/10/2009 at 20:45

I always pass runners, walkers, horses and cyclists with the utmost care and courtesy - But I also thank motorists heartily who do the same for me.

01/10/2009 at 20:57
Devoted2Distance wrote (see)
Yeah, same here. I put my hand up to three runners last night and they all ignored me. Arrogant pratts.

D2D - Your reputation is spreading!!!
01/10/2009 at 21:17

Cheers guys,

just wanted to share this nice little story with everyone to show how there are 2 sides to every coin an while some fellow runners may not smile or say hello back, there are others who very much do x


Edited: 01/10/2009 at 21:17
01/10/2009 at 23:20
My regular running is more urban, and there's a few hellos at best, usually from the older generation.

Last night i ran (despite the forum name!) around Llyn Padarn in Llanberis and passed a fair few runners, and they all said hello...

I think I'll have to run that one again
01/10/2009 at 23:35
That's a lovely run around Llyn Padarn!
01/10/2009 at 23:43
It is - first proper run with a bit of uphill (though i walk plenty uphill) and i was soooo glad for the downhill and flat bits.

The bit through the forest have to be the best bits (followed by the view of the Horseshoe from both ends!)
02/10/2009 at 09:18
One of my residential routes goes past a short row of individual bungalows. I was running by one day, and noticed that one of the houses had a low, wide bay window that you could see right inside.

Sat inside the bungalow was a little elderly lady who cheerfully waved at me as I trotted past, so I waved back.
I don't know who she is but I often add that route on the end of my run now and we exchange waves. I hope it cheers her up as much as it does me. Maybe I'll adopt her as my nan...
02/10/2009 at 09:33
We owd ens are always polite and's the fast young whippersnappers that are too self-absorbed to acknowledge fellow runners 
02/10/2009 at 10:43
Siance - that's lovely!
02/10/2009 at 11:03

Siance, I wish I had that on the end of my training run. Would make me very happy. If only others would have the same respect as that elderly lady. One day, you should knock on her door and have a nice cuppa. At least you showing your respect for someone else.

When I`m running out and about, you get two types. If its a runner, they will say hello or nod at you. If its a jogger with a Ipod stuck into their ears, you get a zombie expression. Says it all really.

02/10/2009 at 11:12

I run with an ipod but will always acknowledge another runner with a verbal hi and a wave - whether they nod back is up to them.

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