Backed up breathing is an ugly truth with runners, and carrying tissues is not only a silly idea, it will slow you down, and it’s a waste of paper. So, to be more green with your “green,” and to save you valuable time during a race or on a run, I bring to you the not-so-pretty-but-totally necessary instructional guide to the perfect snot rocket.
Mucus might manifest in many manners. There is the full-fledged dam, keeping the air from getting in or out. There is the tiny tingling in your nose, like a bat hanging in your cave, holding on to the stalactites; a minor annoyance, but, by mile three, a terrible passenger. Sometimes a snot rocket can be used simply to get in the heads of your competitors. Looking anybody in the eye with a mean face and blowing your nose into mid air is bound to give anybody pause.
The amateur or beginning runner might see running as a pretty prance. Sorry Barbie, we all turn ugly at some point during our run. When the vanity of it fades away, and it becomes a fight between us and our bodies, a successful snot rocket becomes mandatory.
However, heed my warning young booger blowers: If done wrong, your bib, face and shirtfront could don the dawn of a crusty mess. But, if done with the proper form, one can run without fear, and without stopping. It’s not a pretty conversation, but neither is the conversation you will have when you meet that hunk or that hot lady at the water fountain at mile 2, and your face is covered or streaked with Gu/Goo; and not the good kind. So, get over your vanity, and follow these […]