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Old 07-21-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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Just out of curiosity, is it custom for people to nod or greet each other while running opposite directions oin trails/sidewalks? I've been running on a bit more busier trails lately and nodding every person running the other directions is becoming a bit of a hassle. What is the norm for this area?
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:53 PM
 
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Really?!?!? I mean seriously. Is it that hard to acknowledge your fellow man?

Where I live right now it is customary. I hope it is customary in NoVA too or I am in for some real culture shock.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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I have always acknowledged the other people.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:17 PM
 
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I used to run on the W&O.D. almost daily. The protocol seems to follow the traffic. On slow days, people nodded as they passed. On busy days, not so much. But only if you were running. Walkers usually said hello.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:26 AM
 
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I walk/run in a non-busy area. During my walk/run I *might* pass two people. I always greet them. However, I have been on different routes where I am passing someone often. At that point, I generally don't nod, nor do others.

When I go out for a run, I am kind of in a zone. It is my escape. My mind is often a million miles away or I concentrating on my pace or something. Honestly, I find it very distracting to be greeting someone every few minutes. I don't want to and, in most people, I sense they are in their own world too. I'm not out for a pleasure stroll.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I say hello and/or wave. Walkers generally say hello to me when I pass them. Runners sometimes do and sometimes seem to be in a zone. A lot of runners will make a simple wave as they pass by. It's all good--I like to wave but if you don't feel like it's not like people are going to get offended. They'll just figure you're off in your own world. Or that you just moved here from some city where people don't wave.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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Cyclists do it too.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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I usually just wave or maybe smile as I'm normally so out of breath that saying "hello" may cause me to pass out.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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Depending on how tired I am, I usually give some type of greeting/acknowledgement...but like Christine, I run in less busy areas and maybe pass 2 or 3 people during a 5 mile run...
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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I don't run but I walk in a lot of places where people also run. I take my cue from the other person. If they make eye contact I'll smile or nod say hi. If not I respect that and leave them alone, recognizing that their focus is elsewhere. Just don't take it personally. It really doesn't matter. We used to have a regular poster here who was always ranting about people not saying hi to him when he ran. (Some of you will well remember who I'm referring to .) Then I visited a place near his hometown and walked a busy trail on several consecutive days and not one person ever greeted anyone. My family there said it just wasn't done.
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