Tuesday, April 12, 2011

thinking like a runner

Things that make you go "hmmmmmm".....

So last weekend I was running my 13.24 miles.  At one point I passed a woman who had stopped along the trail, turned away from all us other runners and blew a massive snot rocket onto the grass.  From each nostril.

I was impressed.

My nose drips like crazy when I run.  I always have to have kleenex tucked into the waistband of my pocketless pants.  Said kleenex gets pretty damp on those long runs.  And once they get used?  Blech.  NOT pleasant to carry around.

It's not for everyone
Anywhoo, when she turned back towards us, I purposely took a good look at her face.  It was clean as a whistle!  I immediately thought to myself, "Damn, I wish I could do that!  How does she NOT get snot all over her face??"

OMG, I was ENVIOUS of her skill at forcefully jettisoning snot out of her nose.

In public.

With no shame.

Normal people don't wish for skills like that.

Is this an indicator that I have officially crossed the line to thinking like a runner?


  1. There are a lot of things that I am not ashamed to do while running. Spit (if nobody is around) pee behind trees. swear loudly. eat cookies (for realz) But I draw the line at shot rocketing. For whatever reason I find it much more demure to wipe on my glove or sleeve.
    Runners are nasty! It. Is. Awesome.

  2. There's no way on this earth that I would blow a snot rocket during a race. I carry some kleenex and will use that. Usually, my nose stops running within the first couple of miles.

    I have learned to look at the road when in a race, cause it's amazing how much goob people leave behind!

  3. I blow my nose into my sleeve when I'm wearing long sleeves, and I blow my nose into my chest area of my shirt (I lift it up to my face). I am super gross. I spit too. Constantly. It's a soccer thing, or so I'd like to think. All the cool soccer girls did it and now it's a habit. I don't fart though, oddly, when I run. Probably more to do with it being too much of a gamble than anything else.

    Do you still like me?

  4. Runners ARE nasty! I too, will spit, (but never in a race either!) although I sometimes get that all over my face too. I'm just not tidy.

    I'm Intrigued by the swearing loudly comment.

    I learned the hard way to not use one certain pair of gloves for wiping my nose. I was running sans kleenex and kept wiping my nose on my new black gloves. I thought folks were looking at me kind of funny.... got home and my face was covered in black smears. The dye in the gloves mixed with my snot had me painting my face for several miles. Lookin' good!

    Suzy - I'm laughing about the fart comment. So true!! And I like you even more!! :)


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