How To Blow Your Nose While Running

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File this one under, “stuff I always thought was weird and gross and kind of embarrassing until I found out that everyone I know does it.”

It’s Snot a problem.

It’s Snot unladylike.

It’s Snot something to hide.

It’s just a normal, natural part of running in the winter!

If, like me, you’re an outdoor runner year-round, you know that running in cold weather can present some perplexing new problems, like how to keep your tights from riding down your butt, figuring out where to stash your hat if your head gets too warm, and where to carry tissues.

Worry no more about that last one, though, because I, Cinnamon, present you with a 2 minute video tutorial on how to blow a snot rocket!  Don’t worry though, I’ll spare you the juicy stuff; no actual snot was rocketed in the making of this video.


I used to be a tissue-carrier, because I didn’t know that snot rockets existed.  I can’t remember when exactly it was, but I definitely remember talking on the phone with my sister (Salty), and laughing when I heard her say the phrase, “Snot Rocket.”  I thought it was so disgusting!  So crude and ignoble!

But then I tried it.   And let me tell ya, girlfriend, my running life changed forever.

Have you ever been afraid to blow a snot rocket?  Or on the other side of the coin, are you extraordinarily proficient at rocketing and if so, do you harbor secret pride in this fact?

Cinnamon made Salty Running, takes lots of pictures and drinks lots of coffee. She has 8 more minutes to knock off her marathon for a 3:40 BQ, and will get there or die trying. Her writing is an eclectic mix of finding wholeness as an average runner, news reporting, curious reactions, satirical humor and more.

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  1. The secret to the perfect snot rocket is: Commit. Give it your all, or it will end disastrously. Oh, and be sure to gauge the wind speed and direction before you blow.

    I am a snot rocket afficionado. When I broke my arm last year and met with the hand therapist for the first time, she asked me what my rehab goals were. I told her things like riding a bicycle and lifting weights, but what I really wanted to say (and, I think, did once I got to know her), was “Ambidextrous snot rockets!”

    Still working on the perfect snot-rocket-on-a-bike,

    1. Great tip, Robyn! I fully agree. It’s important to really own your rocket, lest it own you!

      Isn’t it funny how likeable they are, and how proud when you blow a good one? It’s such a weird thing to take pride in, but they really do make me happy!

  2. ahh! I’ve been waiting for this post since I started reading last winter! With all the winter running posts, where is the snot rocket post?, I kept wondering. I am a proficient and do harbor a secret pride in the fact. =) On the other hand, I am terrible at spitting.

    My sister and I were just running together this past weekend and talking about it. Apparently the term “snot rocket” is not ubiquitous? Many people know it as the “Farmer’s Blow”, I guess?

    1. Yes, Lisa! I’ve heard it referred to as “the farmer’s blow,” “jagging,” and another choice term that’s nastier than anything I’d care to repeat. As for me, I prefer to say “Snot Rocket’ because it’s the funniest of them!

      Don’t you just feel awesome when you blow a good one!? It’s kind of gross, but I always feel like it’s a victory! Cinnamon – 1. Nose – 0!