Well, this is a bit embarrassing. I’ve just realised it’s been three weeks -three weeks!- since I last posted. I’ve been a bit blah about everything in the last few weeks which I’m attributing to the fact that it hasn’t properly stopped raining for about 172 years. OK, so that’s an exaggeration but I had to write that to emphasise to non UK-ers the vast amount of water that the sky has dumped on us this winter.
The rain has been accompanied by extreme windiness, especially here in Cornwall where we’re all exposed and jutting out into the Atlantic. I’ve been hit with a problem I have every winter, but as I only started bloggging last summer this is the first time I can share it and seek advice. My problem is this:
I don’t think that the amount of snot that comes out of my nose is normal.
I mean when I run. I know some of you will be saying ‘Oh, my nose runs in the cold as well’ but unless you’ve been reduced to yelling in frustration then it’s not the same. Of course, I blow out the snot rockets (a great phrase I picked up from another blogger…sorry I can’t remember who now), but I also take a handkerchief with me which is sodden by the time I finish. I have three pairs of gloves that I take on long runs…they all have to go in the wash when I get back. If I just leave my nose to run it blows back and sticks on my cheeks and in my hair. It’s just like sticky water. Is that normal?
When I run with other people I try to prewarn them…’oh yes’ they say ‘I get that’ and then as the run progresses they become more dumbfounded as they witness the snot factory that is my face. The other day I bumped into an old friend whilst running on a particularly windy day and the wind actually blew the handkerchief from out of my coat pocket. That’s how windy it was.
‘Oh, you’ve dropped something’ cried my friend, and he bounded away to retrieve it. As he picked it up I saw his expression change from keen helpfulness to a confused ‘what the hell have I got in my hand?’ and then to ‘oh God, am I going to need to seek medical advice?’ Of course I apologised and whisked it away from him but the damage had been done. He’s now in an isolation ward at the local hospital. (Ha ha, not really. I do like to inflict my little jokes on you all.)
Of course I googled why do I snot so much when I run? and it seems its the body’s way of lubricating the nostrils and helping to warm the air before it reaches the lungs. Whatever, body! I’d rather have cold lungs. I had a potential genius moment where I lined the inside of my nostrils with vaseline (yes, really) because I thought it might trick them into thinking that there was already snot there. It didn’t work but it did make my nose less sore so I may keep this up.
Is it just me that’s driven mad by this? Does anyone have any suggestions? I’ll try anything. Anything.