Like I mentioned in "Running and Craving" some smells, like tea olives are good. Tea olives are my favorite thing to smell on the run. Then there are times when you've forgotten that it's garbage day for the next street over from your house and you're desperately searching for an out but up playing tag with the steamy garbage truck for a quarter of a mile and then want to burn the skin out of your nose with bleach. So here they are, good and bad, the many scents I encounter on my runs.
Tea olives - you already know this one, my favorite and it makes me want a Snapple Peach Tea.
Bonfires - Usually good, sweet, and earthy, unless it's too close by and you're actually breathing in smoke.
Cigarette smoke - Speaking of smoke. Who wants to breathe in this junk when they're running? It mostly comes from passing cars but sometimes walkers or bike commuters. I occasionally cough loudly to point out what a nuisance they are, I'm sure they don't care.
Car fumes/road work - I don't run my the highway very often, so I only get this when a stinky car or truck is on residential roads. A good reason to run trails.
Poop - Surprisingly, poop is one of the least offensive of the bad smells. When you're running you get away from it pretty quickly, so while it's gross, it's short-lived. Unless it's human poop, that's worse and the idea of it lingers much longer than the actual scent.
|Grass, usually good|
Sweat - Okay guys, I can kind of understand when you already smell sweaty at the start of a race, you've done a warm-up or something. What I don't get is when you smell at the start of a group run, it's terrible and no one wants to be around that. If it's after work and you sweat a lot at your job, go take a shower, spare us! Run at the back of the pack, run alone, change your diet, do something!
Unless doing something leads to...
Cologne/perfume - Never good on a run, people who put perfume or cologne on before exercise usually do way too much. They are usually trying to cover the smell of their sweat but end up smelling like perfumed sweat, which is worse than either on their own.
Freshly cut grass - Who doesn't love the smell of freshly cut grass? I used to have a perfume that smelled like it. Unless it's blowing in your face and upsetting your allergies, this is a good smell.
|Chinese food, bad|
New shoes - Another weird one, I know. When someone in the group has new shoes, I can usually smell them. Even my own new shoes bother me. I normally like the smell of new shoes, but when I'm running it's just too strong.
Nature - I don't really know how to name this one. I'm talking about the various plant/dirt/air smells you encounter on trail runs. These are 99% good. There are some areas I run in though that have a urine smell and I don't know if it's actual animal urine, something a hunter sprayed, or a plant that smells like urine, but it's not good. There's also this lemon cleaner type smell I get a whiff of sometimes that can be both good and bad.
Dead animal - Usually armadillos, sometimes possums. It's bad and it lingers and it's rarely cleaned up until some scavenger animal carries it away.
I had another good one in mind, but I can't remember it after changing this baby's poop!
Oh! Pool chemicals! Surprisingly good, since it's a nice, clean smell. Unless it's the pool at Trousdel which smells like dirty gym socks or a sour mop/public restroom to me. Private pools usually smell good.
What odors delight you on your runs? What smells make you want to vomit on your runs?