Are you a Waver

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10/07/2009 at 13:43
Oh, and I'm pretty sure he wasn't waving his stick at me to wave!!
PloddingOn    pirate
10/07/2009 at 13:45

No one has a clue what stick that is
10/07/2009 at 13:51

I'm confused.

What has this...

  Got to do with this...

PloddingOn    pirate
10/07/2009 at 13:54
Naw TOTP = Top Of The Page

But that has nothing to do with a grumpy old man smacking peeps with his walking stick

Unless it's made of Johnny Walker
10/07/2009 at 13:58

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......

PloddingOn    pirate
10/07/2009 at 13:59
Because you have that kind of face

It's scary!!
10/07/2009 at 14:04
.....putting my shorts on helps too.....
PloddingOn    pirate
10/07/2009 at 14:05
Well I would smile at a bloke with no shorts on

I would probably run with him too
10/07/2009 at 14:20
Quelle suprise is what I think the French say
10/07/2009 at 14:47
As long as it's not "quelle blague"
Edited: 10/07/2009 at 14:48
PloddingOn    pirate
10/07/2009 at 14:48
WOWEEEE is what the South African's say
10/07/2009 at 17:25
So D2D are you a waver or not?
10/07/2009 at 17:52

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"

10/07/2009 at 18:41
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......

It crosses my mind if I'm somewhere that's remote / quiet particularly.  Also on runs later in the evening too, when it's dark in winter.  But I don't feel 'threatened'. usually.  I find most blokes in those situations (where I'm a single female running) appear to make an effort to not be threatening - overtaking or running past as wide as possible for example.  I always appreciate the fact that they are aware that they might appear to be threatening (or on the other hand, they're scared of me and are giving me a wide berth ).  I have been scared shitless on a couple of rare occassions by blokes suddenly appearing or running at a similar pace behind me (so not overtaking) when I have thought "shit shit shit shit shit".  Then they've overtaken me or turned off and I feel stupid.

Generally I find runners and dog walkers less threatening than people who appear to be there for no reason.  Probably illogical.

But most of all, whilst I think I'm sensible, I try not to change my behaviour based on scare stories in the news about how everyone out there is an axe murderer!
10/07/2009 at 18:43
Oh, but on the other hand, my hubby gets jittery if I go running before 8am or after 6pm without a chaperone!
Edited: 10/07/2009 at 18:43
10/07/2009 at 18:44

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.

10/07/2009 at 18:46
I'd love my hubby to come running with me - he's taken the first step and bought some trainers, but I've yet to get him out there. 
10/07/2009 at 18:47

That stick waving man was too good to be hidden in the virtual realms of Google Images.

Stray Celt - I don't usually wave, I'll definitely say hello or give a friendly smile if I see a runner who looks like they'd happily respond to being acknowledged I tend to think waving looks a bit geeky to be honest.

Changing the subject slightly, I just bought a new Ron Hill running shirt and got £3 off the sale price because it'd got make up on it. Bonus. That'll wash out easily, and I'll be £3 up. Any suggestions what I can spend my new fortune on?

10/07/2009 at 18:48
Is it my eyes or does Vicki look like that Claire from Steps before she got fat
10/07/2009 at 18:51
Claire only in reverse, ex-larger laydee getting skinny
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