I understand what people must have thought when movies transitioned from silent pictures to talkies. “Ugh, he sounds like that,” was the reaction to the voices of several silent film stars. Their careers were over. Normally I run with headphones, listening to a podcast or music. While I always nod, wave, or otherwise greet people, I never hear if they respond by voice. A nod or wave is all I catch.
Running without headphones is a different story. I hear the people who say hello or good morning. These are people I have seen on the trail for years. I’ve never given them names, but I identify them by appearance. Old man with goatee. Woman walking brown lab. And when I heard their voices, it was jarring. They were not at all what I expected. I need make sure my headphones are charged whenever I run.