Follow on from RW article
Seems it very much depends on where you're running.
My usual run is along the seafront here in Brighton. Not many wavers here, but when I venture into the depths of Hove seafront they're much friendlier
I live in the London suburbs where runners rarely acknowledge each other.
I have given up now, although I will respond if someone does wave/speak.
'I find it fascinating when people don't wave'
I've come to realise that when we're out running, every runner that we see might not be experiencing as good a run as we are! When I was coming back from injury, my head was down and I was just trying to resume a normal form again - the last thing I wanted was for other runners to acknowledge me and be worried that I have to wave back!
I generally judge the other runner's form/face i.e. if they look cheery and like they're having a good run, I'll say hello, if they look like they're suffering, I'll leave them to it!
I find it fascinating that anyone would bother to write an article about this, or start a thread on it (which is done on a fairly regular basis).
I tend to smile, say good morning, or nod.
If the other person responds, great.
If not, I don't care. I don't wonder why, or think anymore of it. I just move on with my run, and my life.
What can it possibly matter whether a stranger acknowledges your greeting? Or do you take it as some kind of personal slight?
Sometimes I wave, sometimes I don't - what pigeon hole does that put me in I wonder.
Sometimes people wave back, sometimes they don't - I don't take that as a reflection of their personality or a personal slight on me, they probably just have something else on their mind at the time.
I remember when some American friends from a small town in rural Ohio came to visit me a couple of years ago.
As we walked down the street near my house, they would say "good morning" to people. It was like Crocodile Dundee (on a somewhat smaller scale!)
Most people were so surprised to be greeted by an American (in suburban Essex), that they did respond
The matter of greeting/acknowledging other runners comes up often enough to see that it does occupy the minds of quite a few people, and I just don't get why
I dont wave but I do nod/smile/say hello. I think it does depend on the time of day & where you are running. My LSR are done on the canal towpath usually early afternoon and would say maybe 10% of people be it dog walkers/runners/casual strollers nod/great/smile, whereas cos its getting a bit hot now I dragged my sorry butt out the bed earlier on Saturday and the percentage of nodders/greeters/smilers was considerably higher.
*waves to everybody* Just in case you saw me on the towpath and I was too engrossed in that potentially killer duck to notice.
I enjoy the diversity of articles and find some of Andy B's surreal stories are as enjoyable as many of the pieces of advice, reviews etc. Makes it a more complete mag for me and doesn't detract or distract from the main reasons for buying
The "why" for me comes from the fact that I like to feel included, and that I think this is a fairly primitive aspect of human personality. If somone waves at me, they're saying something like "I recognise that you are like me - we have some shared goals and experiences". If I don't wave back, I'm saying "you are not like me".
I like being waved at because I like to feel included.
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