A recent article in The Wall Street Journal took a humorous look at whether or not runners (and bikers) typically wave to other runners when they pass each other out on the road or trail.
To be honest, I'm usually too focused in my own little world to bother waving to someone coming at me in the other direction. That is, I don't initiate the wave. I feel compelled, however, to wave back if someone waves to me.
But then there are the deeper issues, like, should a very good/elite runner bother returning the wave of a plodding jogger? I know I'd feel good if a world-class runner I saw on the road first waved to me! But should we feel bad if an "infereior" runner looks at us for acknowledgement and we don't acknowledge them back with a wave or at least a nod?
And what about situations where there are a lot of other runners, like on one of the loops in New York City's Central Park or on the river drvie in Philadelphia -- even if you are a "waver," must you wave or return a wave to everyone?
Such are the questions that keep runners up at night.