the runners hello!

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The runner's hello.

It is, so far, my favourite discovery about running.
It's the nod, smile or wave you receive from (or dish out to) another runner coming your way.
No matter what kilometre you are into your run, it’s a universally understood, silent, ‘hey I think you’re awesome’ from a complete stranger.
It’s a reminder that I’m not alone and that there are a lot of people cheering for me.
It’s an unwritten code.
When it felt like 40 degrees out and I was only half way through my training run, it's what kept me going.
It's the push I needed to get me across the SeaWheeze finish line in Vancouver.
It's the reason I set a new goal to complete five halfs in the next five years.

Keep on running and keep on nodding friends!

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It’s so true! I feel so much ‘cooler’ when I see someone I know passing me (whether in a car of by foot) when I run.
All that soreness and mind games trying to make you stop are gone. I feel great – hey, I’m a runner! :)

Comment by Daria Sorokina — November 9, 2012 @ 10:41 am

Especially on those cold rainy Vancouver days!


Comment by Meghan — November 9, 2012 @ 10:56 am

I once had two guys running towards me split up and each give me a high five as I passed. It was a great pick me up towards the end of my run – put a little bounce in my step :)

Comment by Leah — November 9, 2012 @ 11:05 am

So true! That little wave can go such a long way…almost a runner’s high in and of itself. I always dish out the hellos to anyone I see on my runs. Keeps the smile plastered on my face a lot longer than if I didn’t :-)

Comment by Meredith — November 9, 2012 @ 11:07 am

While running a trail around a lake, I passed a total stranger running the other direction. He smiled and nodded. We passed again and he high-fived me. We passed on last time and he jumped, yelled, YEAH!, and high-fived me again. Runners are awesome.

Comment by Carrie — November 9, 2012 @ 11:11 am

One of my favourite parts too! Especially on those crazy snowy days. When you think “am I crazy?” and most people would “say yes!”. Then you see that other crazy person out of the trail, you smile, wave, maybe laugh, and try not to slip, and like you said know that in this great journey of running “you are not alone”.

Comment by Heather — November 9, 2012 @ 11:22 am

This is so true; the happiest hello! :o)

Comment by Katherine McFadden — November 9, 2012 @ 11:26 am

what shoes r those in the pict? I always run at dawn, love it, quiet, serene, the time change makes it lighter. 530a til 7am :-)). Just got my ultra zero drop sneakers for running and they r like running on a cloud.

Comment by grace — November 9, 2012 @ 11:28 am

ahh so true! I love running through the trails and seeing the glee in peoples eyes while being in nature. It’s like you enter a no grumpy zone. The smile, wave or nod is always welcomed.

I miss running outside!

-Michelle {LiveLoudly}
Health & Wellness Blog

Comment by Michelle {LiveLoudly} — November 9, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

last week on my 11 miler, a fellow runner and i passed each other twice, each going in different directions. the second time, he said to me “great job, keep it up!” since he knew we’d both been out for close to two hours. i said the same to him, and had a smile on my face for my remaining 2 miles. it’s my goal to pay it forward to someone else tomorrow!

Comment by Tara — November 9, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

Love your blog! Awesome content and always a good read!

Comment by Allison Brooks — November 9, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

A nod, a smile. It makes me pick up my feet.

Comment by Sophia — November 9, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

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