Fancy a Threesome - 3 sisters sign up for a Triathlon

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  1. Snot rocket Definition

    For a long time I have had the idea of a blog post about snot rockets written on my list of “possible blog posts” and today feels like the day to get it out there.

    A snot rocket, as pictured above, is the act of clearing one’s nose by blocking one nostril and breathing out hard through the other, without a tissue, thereby shooting the snot in your nose at velocity out into the air or onto the ground.

    I have (not fond) memories of my dad regularly doing this when I was growing up, usually while he was 100m ahead of me after dragging me and my sister out for an early morning run (when we were teenagers! How he did it I don’t know, yet here I am, a keen runner, so I guess he did something right, or I am doing it in SPITE of him? – a whole other blog post right there). Also you can’t seem to get through a Football match on TV without a close up of one of them doing it.

    Is it ok to do it? I don’t know. Some people do it A LOT, some have never done it. I was a snot rocket virgin right up until a winter run, full of snotty cold, and, having no tissue, I was forced to (or suffocate) and it was life changing. Now I can’t stop. It just feels so good to have it all clear in there and to get that lovely fresh air in instead. My sister runs with a tissue – that’s how anti snot-rocket she is. She would rather stop and blow. When we run together I have to do it secretly and quietly or I am berated at length.

    There are things to consider –

    • Which nostril to pick – I definitely have a favourite side. I can’t recall if I alternate or if it makes no difference. But my technique is definitely better on one side compared to the other.
    • Which way the wind is blowing and your angle of tilt – when snot-rockets go wrong (could be a good title for a book) – it’s not pretty. The worst is when it just ends up back on your face. #snotrocketfail
    • Who you are with/Can anyone see you – I am not a professional footballer and I do have some shame. Best to have a quick check around before you blow (and definitely choose your moment carefully if you are running with my sister)

    Serious considerations my friend. Next week – Spitting: is it a bodily function too far?

  2. Funny Fitness Tracker Quote

    When I got my fitness tracker, I didn’t realise how much it would affect my life.  Perhaps you have seen people out flapping their arms like chickens or you've walkied the hallway in your pyjamas last thing at night or people even running on past their house for 100 metres only to stop suddenly and run back home.  You can pretty much bet this will be all to achieve the magical buzzing finish line of hitting your step count for the day!

    How can it be so hard to hit the goal and what to do about it?? 

    For the majority of people, our lifestyles are really sedentary,  a day in the office walking to the loo/meetings and for lunch can mean only 2500 steps,  a day at home not much more even though you maybe on your feet all day rather than your butt.  The easiest way to beat the tracker is to go for a run,  but I don’t think that’s really the point.  Run for 30 mins and then sit down for the remaining 14 hours….the point is to be more active,  so how to incorporate walking more into your daily life….

    There are all the obvious ones,  walk short journeys instead of driving,  park a bit further away from work or school or the shops so you have to walk in.  Actually go for a walk just because its lovely,  you can chat to a friend,  smell the air,  look at the birds and leaves,  meet a cat or dog or even a new person.  

    But we all know these,  so how do we incorporate walking into our already busy daily lives?  One idea I am trying is to schedule walking meetings at work where you walk and talk instead of sitting.  It’s a nice non-confrontational way to discuss updates and issues as you are walking side by side.  Probably best to limit to a 3 person meeting and remember to adapt to height and fitness levels.  It isn’t a race!

    It’s also good if you need to have an important “talk” with a partner or friend,  please note, however, if the “talk” gets feisty, it’s really hard to get away to calm down without stamping or running off.  This can lead to a long frosty walk home or some potential public-temper-losing (sorry to the pigs that I shouted at).

    However my most epic and successful idea to increase my step count to date has been to get a DOG!  Dramatic I know (and obv not the only reason to get one) but with a dog you absolutely have to go out for a walk twice a day at least or risk the liquid pools of sadness being turned on you,  how can you let your baby down, you get your boots on and get out there rain or shine…....so my friend, job done. 

    PS you don’t even actually need to get your own dog,  there is a fabulous charity called the Cinnamon Trust where you can volunteer to walk elderly peoples dogs for them if they are temporarily or no longer able too,  so you’d be walking and being a fantastic person too check them out here:  http://www.cinnamon.org.uk/

    PPS This May is National Walking Month - Living Streets are campaigning for everyone to Take to their Feet and try to walk at least 20 minutes every day. Good for your health, happiness and the world......