It might be this way in all cities, but I feel like Richmond has some of the friendliest runners. I love when I am out and haven't yet gotten into a rhythm and here comes a runner who smiles and says hello. It is such a pick me up! I feel the pep in my step and the next runner I see I smile and say hello. I feel as though there is an understanding between runners: we are all out on the roads for the same person, ourselves.
During my 3 miles tonight, I kept crossing paths with the same girl. We smiled the first time, laughed the second time we passed, and the third time she said, "We keep passing each other - enjoy the rest of your run!" We were both so happy to be out in the crisp air and running! I should have stopped and asked her about her running and if she was looking for a new running buddy. Maybe next time if I see her!
If I see you out on the road, you better believe I am going to smile and say hello!