Rules of the road: etiquette for runners

Yesterday morning I was on my easy 3-mile run before work. My run was going really well and because it was so early (not that bad really, just 6:15 a.m.) there was hardly anyone on the road. I took this as an opportunity to really focus and get into my run. It was very peaceful and I just felt good. As I came up a hill I saw another runner heading towards me on the opposite side of the road. She looked like she was about in her 30s, she had headphones on and was going at a kind of slow pace.

I’m a rather peppy person in the morning and I always say “hello” or “good morning” to people I see on the road during my early runs. I do this even if I’m killing myself going up a hill or nearing the end of a 12-mile run. I think it’s a common courtesy.

As the other runner came closer to me I smiled at her to acknowledge her presence and then waved and said “Good morning!” What followed after took me off guard. She gave me a death stare. She didn’t smile, didn’t even utter a word. She just kept running.

I always thought it was respectful to acknowledge other runners on the road. We’re not racing each other (yet) and we’re all working towards a common goal. Maybe this woman wasn’t a morning person or maybe she was stressed about something else but I couldn’t believe she didn’t even acknowledge me and worse made me feel like I had done something wrong. I think it should be a rule to at least acknowledge other runners on the road. One of the best things I’ve learned since becoming a runner is how supportive other runners and the running community can be and I think it is absolutely vital that we all stay supportive of one another. After all, shouldn’t we all run happy?

So today I took to twitter to ask some fellow runners their opinion on running etiquette.

  1. FitHappyGirl
    What are some important rules of the road for #running etiquette? #runchat
    Tue, Aug 14 2012 09:57:47
  2. BaldGuyRunning
    @FitHappyGirl I keep to the right unless passing and I always tell people when I’m passing esp in winner. I don’t want to startle anyone
    Tue, Aug 14 2012 10:05:22
  3. BaldGuyRunning
    @FitHappyGirl also if you are running with friends don’t take up the entire space in the path/sidewalk.
    Tue, Aug 14 2012 10:19:16
  4. odysseywoman
    @FitHappyGirl please #run AGAINST traffic even in a subdivision. Neighbors walking/running w/back to cars is huge #petpeeve #runchat
    Tue, Aug 14 2012 10:21:43
  5. JonathanandBall
    @FitHappyGirl always give a high 5 to another #runner in need. #runchat
    Tue, Aug 14 2012 10:30:01
  6. FitHappyGirl
    @JonathanandBall I love this one! Lord knows all #runners need a high 5 every now and then #runchat
    Tue, Aug 14 2012 10:46:53
  7. JonathanandBall
    @FitHappyGirl I sometimes rework my routes to areas more conducive to high 5’s. Sometimes it’s all you need. #greasyhigh5 #sweatypalms
    Tue, Aug 14 2012 10:56:31

Monday motivation: #RunHappy

After a great week of training I remembered my long-lost tradition of posting Monday Motivation. So here it is, back in full force, your weekly reason to run. Without sounding too preachy I just want to reiterate how much of a believer in the power of the human spirit I am. Four months ago I could barely run a mile without feeling completely drained and now I can run over 10 miles at an 8:41/mile pace. I ran my fastest mile last week of 6:31 and I’m just going to keep going. Running has challenged me, tested my stamina and tested my spirit but it’s made me so much stronger because of it. I’m not stopping any time soon and I hope you don’t either! #RunHappy