Blow and Go

I’ve learned (repeatedly) that there are things about running that you pretty much have to find out on your own.  There’s no universal beginner’s manual or central repository for running knowledge.  (Although there are some very good running sites and blogs out there.  Check my resources page for a list.)

One thing they never tell you is that your nose will run sometimes and you will need to figure out a way to get the snot out of your head.  Luckily, you have some options and I’m going to tell you about them.

You can keep a tissue or handkerchief with you and use that to blow your nose.  (You will probably have to stop to do this and you will have to find a trash receptacle or carry your snot rag with you.)

You can use your sleeve or a glove or other clothing item to blow your nose.  (You may have to stop to do this as well, plus you will now have to run with mucus on something you own that will now have to be washed because you can’t wear something again that has snot on it.)

Or you can blow your nose the PROPER official running way:

  1. Keep running.
  2. Hold closed the nostril that you don’t need to blow.
  3. Keep running.
  4. Turn your head to the side, in the direction of the nostril you do need to blow.
  5. Keep running.
  6. Check to make sure someone isn’t behind or beside you.
  7. Keep running.
  8. Blow like hell until all the snot is out.
  9. Keep running.

In other words, if you need to blow the right side of your nose, you will hold the left nostril closed and turn your head to the right before you blow.  Repeat as needed on either side.

Technically this is known as a “farmer’s blow,” but in my world it’s THE RUNNER’S BLOW.  You’ll want to practice this before you try it in public.  It is important, if you are a beginner blower, to keep running.  Trust me on this.  If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can end up with snot on your leg or arm and that is gross.

Good luck and happy blowing!

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