Some of my favorite HTP posts revolve around what is â€˜properâ€™ exercise etiquette. Itâ€™s a light topic that most of us (and â€“ Iâ€™ll admit â€“ including myself) have strong opinions about. For example: Is it OK to Transfer a Bib Number? Or Bandit a Race?, Can I Wear That Race Shirt?, and Can I Re-Wear Workout Clothes? More Than Three Times?! (a non-workout related debate post that I really loved: The Dog Poop Debate). So this week, Iâ€™ve a series of debate posts regarding some of the small but significant issues you face when exercising.
Up first: smiling at strangers.
Hereâ€™s the question thatâ€™s up for debate: When youâ€™re walking, running, or cycling outside, and you pass by a stranger going the opposite direction, do you smile at them? Look down? Do the coy slight head nod? Look through them? An extension of the smile issue: Do you wave or actually say hello? Does it matter if itâ€™s a sunny day, a rainy night, or in a race?
I found this fun article on Runnerâ€™s World about Wavers v. Nonwavers. Basically, youâ€™re more likely to wave if itâ€™s a sunny day, youâ€™re older, and youâ€™re in a group of people.
I am a fan of the nod and half smile. I usually gauge whether the other person will acknowledge me first, though. Itâ€™s so terribly awkward when you smile and the other person does not.
However, if Iâ€™m working really hard, and Iâ€™m really tired, I donâ€™t do anything. Sometimes it feels like nodding is expending way too much energy so I just donâ€™t. Is that lazy?
If Iâ€™m in a bad mood and Iâ€™m running to blow off steam, I will probably not nod. Iâ€™m just not feeling friendly.
I am less likely to acknowledge in a crowded place - like a running trail where I am passing dozens of people per mile. But in my quiet neighborhood? Sure, Iâ€™ll nod.
Also, I am a fan of the â€œHello!â€ when Iâ€™m approaching someone from behind, especially if they are wearing ear buds. It is SO scary when someone comes up from behind you, and you donâ€™t realize they are there until they are passing. Eek!
So â€“ do you nod? Smile? Wave? Or ignore? Do you judge non-wavers (â€œMeanies!â€™) Or judge wavers (â€œWell, arenâ€™t you a special snowflake!â€)? Every made a friend thanks to a mid-run wave?