I'm envious too of many of you that haven't already hit the 'back' button. Those of you that wear make-up like it's supposed to be worn - because I can't. I don't mean that I'm rubbing mascara on my cheeks or putting lipstick on my eyelids, just that if I try to do anything more than my usual pressed powder, mascara, blusher routine - I end up looking like Pat Butcher.
I don't wear make-up to run out of choice. On a weekend I won't put on make-up just to go running because that would be weird. I am, however, no stranger to a quick swipe of waterproof mascara before a race - you know, for the finishers photos. But I do wear make-up to work so when I run at lunchtime I am running in make-up - sometimes my make-up is running too.
So runner-to-runner, now that we've gotten rid of those that are strangers to blusher, I'd like to make a confession. Last week I went for a run at lunchtime. Afterwards I had a shower in the office showers BUT I didn't wash my make-up off. Yes, that's right, I looked in the mirror and though 'hmmm, not that sweatty today' and I dabbed a bit more on top.
I know this is disgusting. Running already has me weeing in bushes, blowing my nose on my t-shirt and wearing kit that hasn't been washed in months, but this is a step too far. So I promise not to do it again. The problem, however, is that I'm lazy. Putting on make-up is a 4-minute chore in itself in the morning. Doing it again midway through the day is not my idea of fun.
I know the some of you will say 'go make-up free' and I've tried this. During marathon training last year I decided not to wear make-up to the office on days I was running. I was fine with how I look without make-up, but after the 100th person asked 'are you feeling OK?' I wasn't. But if ever the thought crosses my mind again that I can get away without at least splashing my face after a lunchtime run - I will go T total again.