I have a coworker who jokes that my perfume is a lovely blend of jasmine and menthol.
He’s not wrong. Though I’m not sure I would call it a lovely blend.
We runners are a fragrant bunch. And the sport itself comes with some interesting smells. I can identify a portapottie from blocks away due to the lovely “air freshener” smell that they try to use to cover up the true odor of those awful yet necessary contraptions.
Well loved running shoes have a fragrance all their own. Sometimes to the point where they are banished to the garage or the mudroom.
Not all the smells are bad. New shoes are amazing. And some of my favorite race mornings smell of coffee and cool crisp air and sunscreen and the exhaust of busses dropping off runners. Okay, so maybe that’s not the best smell.
Then there’s the smell of post-race. Sweaty, happy runners. And often the smell of snacks. Frequently, there’s the smell of a post-race brunch: sweaty, happy runners eating pancakes. Yum.
Thankfully, we typically don’t notice that we’re a bit fragrant after a race as we hang out with our fellow runners. Thankfully, our spectating friends and family don’t seem to mind too much.
But for today, I will stick with the odor of body lotion and Biofreeze. I kind of like the smell of Biofreeze, to be honest. Maybe I should market this stuff.