How often do you see a jogger smiling - ?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by simongt, 24 Mar 2018.

  1. Reynard

    Reynard Veteran

    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Mmmm yeah, much the same here.

    Then again, living in the countryside I'm lucky there's always lots to look at while on the bike; flowers, wildlife, some amazing big fen skies, lovely views, and the same is true whether I'm commuting to the station, bimbling to the shops or out for a "proper" ride.

    On the flip side, kudos to the bods I do see out jogging, as they're out doing exercise.
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  2. DanZac

    DanZac Senior Member

    For some obscure reason runners dont even tend to acknowledge each other let alone other lesser types.
    I have noticed though that the worse the conditions the more likely it is that cycists and runners are to share a smile or wave. Probably a shared what are we doing here or shared pity than anything else.
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  3. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Or they're retired.
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  4. Archeress

    Archeress Veteran

    I did some orienteering some years ago. Became quickly disillusioned though after the ones in my area had a habit of hiding the points. One I remember in the Killerton Estate had me and a female army officer searching for a full 20 minutes to finally find it in a depression full of brambles, ferns and nettles. It was obvious the army officer had more experience and she was fuming saying they're not meant to hide them. We'd both been right on top of it all the time.

    Archeress x
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  5. MikeG

    MikeG Guru

    My wife is a serious runner. She'd be even better, I keep telling her, if she didn't smile so much. "It's meant to be hard. Grimace, for goodness sake".
  6. Afnug

    Afnug I'll Sithee

    I have experienced lots of them, commonly referred to as bingo controls (you find them by luck rather than skill) and the army officer was right.
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  7. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    Do a lap of Richmond Park on a Saturday. You won't see any smiling cyclists. They all look miserable.
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  8. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    East Devon
    My son won yet another park run this weekend.
  9. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    It depends who she is ... the woman who overtook me at warp speed on her mountain bike rode for Britain in the Olympics! :laugh:
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  10. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    I really enjoy cycling, but you'd have a tough time getting a smile out of me while I'm cycling. The external isn't always indicative of what occurs underneath.
  11. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I remember years ago, a work colleague made a comment to my sister about smiling more and she tore strips off him as she was at her work and far too busy for pleasantries.

    She is a dental nurse.:laugh:
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  12. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Come to think about it, I probably don't smile until I get off the bike. :smile:
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  13. Mashing

    Mashing Regular

    You can't win parkrun, it's not a race
  14. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    It's not a race in the same sense as a sportive is not a bike race, with the added twist that parkrun publishes all results in time order and a list of "first finishers" each week. So it's even less not a race than a sportive.

    Anyway - I should probably get my kit on and go and grind out another 2.5km. I'll probably be smiling for at least some of the time.
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  15. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    Very disappointed to report that the only other person jogging who I passed didn't even break into a slight smile - perhaps I (overweight, wearing cheap jogging bottoms and a hoodie) wasn't a serious enough runner for him. But I got a smile and a wave from the mother and toddler who moved to the side of the pavement to let me past, the pair of women in sports kit a good 15 years older than me and with the sort of figures that speak to a lifetime of exercise and the family playing in the park.
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