Spitting??

I have just started running, (well jogging some would say)

For some reason when i was on my run, I keep needing to spit (Sorry for being gross)

Is this normal? I know a lot of men spit, But not seen any girls/ladys spit.

Please help

Had a problem with a runny nose as well, (but to gross to go into that) 

Kel x 

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  • No. It's never acceptable to anyone, neither men nor women, to spit.
  • I don't spit- but don't tend to feel the need. I do however also get runny nose issues- after about 2 miles I start needing to blow my nose, to get round it I always carry a hanky with me. It's quite easy to adjust to blowing on the run, find it forces me to take a deep breath every now and again too- got to try to turn these annoyances into positives image
  • Thanx for your reply, i'm with you on that,

    I didn't spit, Just wanted to know, am i ill or is "needing to spit" normal.

    Kel x

  • Spitting is perfectly fine while running. Needing to spit is normal and if done with a bit of discretion is OK. Only really uptight people could get annoyed. Failure to clear can impair your breathing.
  • I spit when i run to clear my throat / mouth out, it can also tell you if you getting a bit dehydrated as the spit be thick and sticky, thats fun when it springs back in your face lol. I dont see anything wrong while spitting on a run, the only time i have a problem with it is when hoodies spit for no reason.
  • The runny nose thing is Exercise Induced Rhinitis - its similar to hay fever it seems. Snot rocketing is seen as acceptable (as far as Im aware) so spitting shouldn't be that gross for runners....
  • I don't see that it's OK for runners to spit, but not "hoodies"

    If you think spitting is OK, then surely spitting is OK for everyone, not just people you approve of.

  • For me it's a question of where, rather than who. Into bushes etc. fine, on people not so good
  • I think what you need to ask is how do you feel when people spit... It is all down to personal preference but I say not.

    Perhaps carry a tissue so you can put in nearest bin...

    Bit of a grey area, there was and article in rw about this too.
  • How about snot rockets?
  • Wilkie wrote (see)

    I don't see that it's OK for runners to spit, but not "hoodies"

    If you think spitting is OK, then surely spitting is OK for everyone, not just people you approve of.

    Agreed. I don't feel the need to spit when running so perhaps I don't understand, but I think it's gross, and I'm sure some men seem to do it as some weird runners status symbol.

    I saw a bus driver gob out his window the other day and it really annoyed me. OK, it didn't go in anyone's face, but I bet he'd have rightly gone mental if someone had gobbed at his little perspex window. 

  • Yikes! I spit and snot rocket when I run, but then again I only run trail, so there's never anyone else around. Maybe there's a different etiquette for road running...
  • You naughty little sossidge! image
  • I dont seem to need to spit too much thankfully but on the odd occasion that I have its been into a bush and when noone is around, Id be utterly mortified if anyone saw me!
  • Wilkie wrote (see)

    I don't see that it's OK for runners to spit, but not "hoodies"

    If you think spitting is OK, then surely spitting is OK for everyone, not just people you approve of.

    Agreed.  I hate to see any sex spitting I think its disgusting

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    I only spit if i really need to. I've tried using a tissue but it ends up all soggy and a complete mess. I've ever had one comment and that was from my mum image
  • Booey wrote (see)
    Wilkie wrote (see)

    I don't see that it's OK for runners to spit, but not "hoodies"

    If you think spitting is OK, then surely spitting is OK for everyone, not just people you approve of.

    Agreed.  I hate to see any sex spitting I think its disgusting

    Agreed I think you should always swallow image
  • Wilkie wrote (see)

    I don't see that it's OK for runners to spit, but not "hoodies"

    If you think spitting is OK, then surely spitting is OK for everyone, not just people you approve of.

    agree
  • I do swallow image so cant possibly be an uptight person image
  • Thank you for your replys,  I hope as i get fitter the need spit will lesson,

    All i can say is look out Usain Bolt lol, image

    Thanx again

    Kel x

  • sounds like you don't need any lessons
  • Kelly - given then choice between spitting (and possibly offending someone) or choking, then I choose the latter. Actually, I nearly gagged a few weeks ago when a big insect went in my mouth and I could neither swallow it or get it back out - I just knew it was there on the back of my throat and as i was in a race at the time and finding breathing hard anyway, I really struggled.

    So sometimes we have no choice but to spit or even snot-rocket. When i do, I always ensure that I'm not going to hit anyone and I try to do it in such a was as to be less visble (not because I'm embarassed, just to avoid the chance of being offensive). e.g. wait until a car goes past, not right in front of the people walking towards me etc.

    Just a bit of common sense. above all, hard running needs good respiration and unfortunately, you do get stuff in your mouth, nose and throat which impedes that.

    I would bring a hankie on my runs but I don't have any nice sleeves to tuck them in image

  • A good hefty snot rocket is one of the joys if running image
  • You're not a "proper" runner if you dont snot rocket image
  • I think spitting is fine if it is impairing your breathing pattern. I don't feel the need to snot rocket unless I am at my Yoga class and we are doing a lot of upside down stuff! I'll leave that to your imagination.

  • Trouble is with spitting and snot-rockets, even if they don't disgust you (they do me - I can't even watch footie on tv because of the close-ups) is that if you're at the back of the pack in a big race, it can get like an ice rink. 'Cept it's not ice.
  • I have done both but try to make sure nobody can see me. I wouldn't do it in front of anyone.
  • I'm more off a snot rocketer myslef - which the wife deplores.
  • What a bunch of uptight people!  I have to spit when I run as I get quite a bit of snot/mucus build-up.  It's a free country and I don't spit on anyone, maybe into a bush or whatever.

    Agreed with people just randomly spitting in the street, but I'm doing it because otherwise I can't breathe properly.

  • I think it's down to where you are at the time and who's around. I don't spit in the street, but then neither do I go for a pee, a poo, or lie down and have a little sleep. All of these are perfectly acceptable up a mountainin my book, but perhaps not in the High Street.

    I sometimes spit when I'm running on trails when there's no-one around. When I used to road run I just suffered as I don't like the idea of anyone seeing me.


    But I was surprised at the OP's original question: is it ok for girls to spit. If women set up barriers for themselves, we'll never get anywhere! *steps off soapbox*

    The blokes I run and cycle with all spit regularly. The first time I had to spit in front of them there were comments that girls spitting is disgusting. How sexist is that? image
    Unfortunately I can't snot rocket as it would have been the perfect time to let out a blinder. You think that's disgusting? Try this for size!image

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