Saturday, April 27, 2013

Runners Encouraging Runners

For as long as I can remember I have been I awe of the strength, kindness, and love that runners have & share all around the world. The way so many runners reacted to the Boston tragedy are just more great examples of this. 
However, when I'm out running (in what I consider to be the most friendly city) I can't help but wonder why as runners pass each other, they don't shout a word of encouragement, smile, wave, or even nod.

 I understand that running is a very much a mental battle. I really do. And I understand that most of the time I'm in my own little world, running to my music, and trying not to walk. (True story.)
But I can't help but think that I'd go that much further if I had a fellow runner cheer me on, or say "keep up the great work" or "woohoo!" or even smile, really. 

(And even though I'm usually in my own little world, I always notice when I pass a person - ya know - so I don't run into them haha)

I think that runners, as a whole group of people, present a great picture of community, but individually, we don't feel the same. Why is that?

I know I don't say anything to runners I pass, (probably because I don't want them to think I'm weird), but why should I feel embarrassed when trying to encourage others? I try to smile if we get a chance to make eye contact, but even then I feel a bit weird because they usually don't smile back. (Do I really look that terrifying when I run?? - The answer is a unanimous "no".)

I know that not everyone I pass while running is just an unfriendly grump - so I think I'm just going to go for it, and see what happens... 
I'm fairly certain I wouldn't look that crazy - but you get the point...

Do any of you have similar experiences?

I'd really love to hear from you


  1. New bloglovin follower! from the friday blog hop~ :)

  2. I totally know what you mean! Sometimes I try to say hi and smile at them but if they have a frown on their face I'm thinking maybe they don't want to be bothered?! I think I will try to be more friendly all the time - the worst that can happen is that they don't respond right?! I would definitely like a wave or a smile as I'm running!

  3. I completely agree with this post! I will sometimes exchange a nod/wave/smile with other runners, but I think it's a great idea to try and spread more cheer on the trail!

    Great blog!


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