Had to Google the word ‘Etiquette’ just then, and was pleased that I spelt it right first time!
To start with, here’s an inspirational video for you to watch. Doesn’t make me want to buy anything new, but the message is a good one:
Other People – Runners
Sometimes on my run I pass people coming the other way. I was chuffed the other day because when I was running there was a runner on the opposite side of the road and when I looked over he nodded at me, so I nodded back. (He nodded first! I must look like I know what I’m doing!) This has happened a couple of times now, but I’m not sure what the proper action would be if I caught up to another runner or found another runner catching up to me. (Not caught anyone yet…)
Do you make conversation? (Hello! Sweaty? No, normally I just say Hello. Sorry. Goodbye.)
Ignore them? (Wish this sweaty git would bugger off.)
Try to race? (Eat my sweat!)
I have no idea. When it happens, it’ll probably just be a bit of awkward muttering before I let them past.
Other People – Non-Runners
When people are walking towards me as I’m running, they normally move to one side. (Old people are the best, they move, stop, make eye contact and then smile. Bless ’em.)
Chavs Young people with pushchairs don’t move one way or the other, they have to get home and not do any work then shout at Fuschia and Chardantelle or what ever horrible name they gave them.
Young kids on bikes normally try race you as you go along, but they pretty much play in the road so not a problem. (For me.)
How do you go about approaching people that are aiming in the same direction as you though?
I think we should all get together and come up with a way of letting people know you’re coming up behind them without worrying/shouting at them. If you shouted a warning (like ‘on the left’) does ‘on the left’ mean for them to move to the left, or that you’re going to the left? Also, I don’t think that many people would appreciate (had to Google that too, got it wrong) someone running up behind them and shouting.
Mostly I’ve been able to nip off the pavement and pass them on the road, but there’s been a few times where there’s a load of cars parked next to you so you can’t get on the road, or there’s been a load of traffic so not a good idea. It puts me off of my stride and find myself having to walk when I didn’t want to. Inconsiderate public…
I normally just get quite close, because with the smell of sweat and sound of heavy breathing, they seem to move quick enough.
Might start carrying a horn. Ho-HONK!