To greet, or not to greet, that is the question!

November 12, 2009
It's a runner's dilemma: to greet or not to greet fellow runners. Do you greet them like long lost friends, or at least acknowledge them as the running colleagues they are? Or do you look stubbornly in front of you and pass them in silence?

I used to shout out a friendly 'Good morning', but too many times, all I got in return was silence. So now I'm a bit torn. Ignoring fellow runners makes me feel uncomfortable but getting no reply doesn't make me feel very warm and fuzzy either. It's a bit like getting snubbed! There you are, putting yourself out there, and then you get the cold shoulder.

Also, it's easier to greet some runners than others. It's those very thin male runners, in 'real' runner's shorts that I hardly dare say hi to. They're like the popular group in high school, in which I will never fit in. I find it much easier to greet runners who look like they want to take a really long nap.

Anyway, even though I don't have an answer to the question: 'To greet, or not to greet' I do know one thing: if someone greets yóú, you should always respond in kind!

Otherwise I know a very specific greeting.
It involves my middle finger.

4 comments:

  1. I don't say anything if I pass someone, but if I see someone coming towards me, I always wave and say hi. I always like to see other runners, it feels like seeing someone in the same special club.

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  2. LOL! I suppose for me, it depends on my mood & how I'm feeling during my run. Some runs are great, and I do a wave or nod, and say "Hello" as I pass. Other times, if a run is going badly, and I'm struggling with my own efforts, I focus more on what I'm doing, and may not say anything. Then, maybe, the other runner who just said "Hi" as they passed me just felt stood up by me!?

    Anyway, to each their own, I guess.

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  3. Oh gosh, I always go OUT OF MY way to be overly friendly to short-short guy runners. They need it!! My husband and some of my running friends and I also say hi when we're out on trails or on the coast and some people just ignore us completely. Actually, I think they're shocked! I say keep the friendliness going. If I'm doing a specific track workout or a tempo run, I don't say hi...I am in a trance during those runs usually!

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  4. Amen sister! This happened to me just the other day, several times during my run. I said hi to a lot of people I passed. I think only one nodded their head at me but other than that they were all silent. Stuck ups. Heh. I just stumbled across your blog this evening and have added you to a daily read. Thanks!

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