Is it bad form to blow your nose on your gloves?

If it is, I have very bad form indeed. Because on my run today, I blew my nose not once, not twice, but three times into my pristine white running gloves.

But I have a very good reason why I did it. Actually, come to think of it, I just have a reason why I did it – my nose was running and I didn’t have a tissue.

I’m justifying my actions to myself by holding the thought that I didn’t do a runner’s blow or a farmer’s blow, or whatever you’d like to call blocking one nostril with a finger and blowing surreptitiously onto the sidewalk…because that is just crass.

I think it’s far better to remove ones’ running gloves, blow daintily, fold a clean portion of glove over blown on piece of glove and hold onto said running gloves as you continue your run. Rinse and repeat three times.

In my defence, it was really, really cold. Cold always makes my nose run and even though I had a good blow before leaving the warmth of my office, it took approximately 30 seconds for my nose to start running again.

I’m sure someone will point out the fact that I should have taken a tissue with me. Yes, I suppose I could have, but the pocket on my running skapri (that’s 3/4 length tights with a built in skirt) is on the small of my back. I have no idea why Nike thought that that would be a great place for the pocket to be, but they did. Maybe the designers enjoyed the visuals of people running along, contorting themselves into the next Cirque De Soleil extravaganza as they tried to retrieve anything from their pocket while continuing running, too much and that fact overcame the fact that a back pocket is really fucking inconvenient.

It’s a pet hate of mine to stop running for even the slightest thing on my runs. I’m one of those slightly deranged people you see running on the spot at traffic lights and I’m also one of those people you see attempting to adjust their iPod on their armband while running along. As God is my witness, once I start running, I will not stop until I’ve finished my run!!!(*insert appropriately swelling Gone with the Wind-like music here)

It’s not a good look.

Dealing with bodily functions while running is a major thing. I deal with snot, gas and sometimes the incredible urge to poo almost on a daily basis. Fortunately, there is plenty of bush where I run, so if I ever really needed to get rid of some bodily fluids/solids in a hurry, there are plenty of places I could go. I guess I’d have to use my gloves as toilet paper in that case. Somehow I don’t think a wipe, then a surreptitious fold over will cut it with the brown demon.

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