Sniffing, sneezing, coughing, water eyes, sore throat, headache, congestion, and or trouble breathing? Allergies are rough, and so far this ‘season’ rougher than I remember. Thanks to the unusually mild winter allergy season has arrived early and is expected to be one of the worst in decades, eek!
Don’t worry, too much. I’ve experimented with a few tips and tricks and can report that they do help. First and foremost if you are having daily symptoms take an over the counter allergy med like Claritin or Zyrtec. I’m not a big fan of taking meds to solve medical issues but this is one case where the medicine is 100% necessary, at this point I would not be able to function without it.
Did you know that pollen counts are higher in the early morning? after 10am they dip so try to schedule your runs for later in the day. I like running in the morning, before I’m awake enough to know what I’m doing, to start my day with fitness and I wake up on my runs. If scheduling your runs in the afternoon/evening is not an option for you you’ve got two more options.
1. When the pollen count is very high or you are struggling, Run indoors.
2. Deal with it. I’ve noticed that if I run immediately after waking up and shower as soon as I get back in the house I don’t feel any worse than I normally do. I should note that I suffer from asthma and that my allergies worsen my asthma, I use a rescue inhaler 10 minutes before running and haven’t had any major issues.
When it is windy it is safe to assume that allergens in the air will be enhances due to the wind blowing around things that would normally be still. Also if allergies bother your eyes wear sunglasses that have good coverage.
Do you suffer from allergies? Does it complicate your training? Do you have any tips for coping?