Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The propriety of the "snot rocket" while running with the opposite sex

I typically run alone, mostly because I'm about 6 miles away from the downtown area. But, when I was in Europe, I ran with a female friend. As I mentioned, it was great to have some company on runs and it really helped me to keep going out.

However, I've found some difficulty in running with someone of the opposite sex--the snot rocket. It's a well known phenomenon and we all do it without thinking when we're running alone. Heck, one guy even went through a "scientific" analysis. But it feels like bad form to me to do it when you're running with someone else.

Here's the obvious problem: you NEED to do it on a run--typically several times. I tried to sniffle a bit or I hung back a bit and waited for a loud truck to go by. So I was able to get by, but it wasn't easy.

I'm sure another guy wouldn't bat an eye and she probably would have been fine with it, but it just seems a bit uncouth. What do you think? When you're running and sweating, is this a very short step or is it still a big leap?


ShirleyPerly said...

I do it regardless of who I am with. Most runners completely understand and if you're not sure, just say excuse me and they'll usually say something that will make you feel more comfortable and then you do your thing without having to say anything more :-)

Susan said...

I have never done this, but would understand (even though I think it is gross - it is necessary).

Marlene said...

I've never been one for the "snot-rocket" - I'm just not talented enough, I suppose. Instead, I sniffle away the whole time.

Doesn't bother me a bit when running companions do it. Just make sure you aim the other way!

Petraruns said...

I'm so European I do "number 1s" in bushes so snot rockets - go ahead, just avoid me..