Over the last 4 weeks my very unscientific straw-poll has come up with the following findings regarding who is most likely to say hello / aknowledge you whilst out on a run. (Runners only) Most likely - Male "club" type runners at least 80% response 2nd - Male & Female "leisure" type runners 50-75% Least likely - Female "club" type runners less than 50% response.
It depends on which way they're running too. IPod wearers travelling in the opposite direction will ignore you with almost 100% certainty. IPod wearers travelling in the same direction will ignore you right up to the point where you pass them closely at speed, at which point they'll shriek like you've shot them and veer off into a hedge.
OK, x-post with the no showers bit, forget running in. Easy ride in, find a longer route home for an hour or so of hard riding. You can even throw in intervals or hill reps.
I know badminton players are fit, but I can understand why it's not great marathon training - it's very much a start-stop, high intensity sport, not great for running. Cycling, OTOH, is much better, but you do have to work at getting the same effort as running - it's too easy to slack off going downhill for example. But seriously, 2 weeks interrupting your programme isn't going to be a problem.