Who nose?

Does anyone know how/why my nose decides to join me in my running whenever I am outside. Does anyone else find they are spending every five minutes blowing their goddam nose?! Any advice to an aspiring flem free runner?


  • I get this same thing, even when I've just been riding my bike for transport purposes! I put it down to some strange effect of the wind against my face. Always carry tissues!!
  • Glad to hear I am not the only one! Am thinking of running with one of those peg thingies that swimmers wear on their noses!Dya think that'll work?
  • Pansie - you are definitely not alone in this!! I've got the same trouble too!
  • It probably would pansie and of course you wouldnt get heckled at all! :-)
  • GlennGlenn ✭✭✭
    Sorry to lower the tone but the problem is that women don't spit. I think the running nose is normal, it's which way it goes that matters...
  • GlennGlenn ✭✭✭
    From the Words of Whizz-dom page on this very site:

    Learn to spit
    "About a year ago, while training for a marathon with a new running partner, I discovered what a difference spitting can make. Before this, the last few miles of my long runs were always uncomfortable because my mouth would get so pasty. But once I started spitting (being careful not to hit my training partner), long runs became much easier for me."
    Jane Unger Hahn, 36. Years running: 6

  • That's exactly what my boyfriend tells me! I have tried the spitting malarky but unfortunately cannot re-direct it from nose to mouth. Besides my aim is terrible!
  • WombleWomble ✭✭✭
    Isn't that what towelling wristbands are for - wiping your nose? Failing that the front of your t-shirt?
  • No, it' snot
  • Must admit to the tee shirt one :-) URWFRC vest's a bit scratchy, must have words with DW
  • LizzyBLizzyB ✭✭✭
    I have some lovely cycling gloves with a chamois 'nose wipe' on the back of each hand. come to think of it my mountaineering gloves have too. Think this implies that there's no cure for the problem.

  • Oh no I'm upside down! My nose runs and my feet smell!

    A large (gents) white cotton hanky forms part of my basic running kit. Why are gents' hankies bigger than ladies? Do they have bigger noses?
  • Wotsername - hi

    Yes in general gents noses are bigger and my experience require a larger hanky. I myself sufferer not only from a larger than average nose but also a runny one when pounding the streets so carry at least one super soaker rag at all times. I do find that I can't seem to blow effectively whilst in motion and have to stop. Is there a trick to it?
  • Exactly, Clearly nuts, I cannot blow in motion either. My boyfriend seems to think I use it as an excuse to stop though... Me? Never!
  • seems to be a general affliction. the hanky does for me on training runs but I'm afraid on race day a rather more unpleasant habit has to take over (no pockets you see).

    You see footballers doing it all the time...apply 1 finger firmly to RHS of nose and blow while tilting head to take advantage of apparent wind. Repeat on LHS and speed off ahead of those you afflicted.

    Yeugghhh! but it works I'm sorry to say.
  • mmmmmm tempting as it sounds I think I will stick to my tissues thanks! Lets hope we never run behind you in a race!
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