Most runners would much rather run outside than inside. However, for those runners with allergies, running outdoors is not as fun as for those without allergies. For them, even a 20-minute run can turn into a sneezing, wheezing, runny nose nightmare. But, there are some things that you can do to get a pleasant run in.
The pollen in the air is something that will make your runs not so enjoyable. So, run when the pollen counts are low. There are websites that can check that will tell you when the pollen is at the worst in your area. But, usually pollen counts are the highest in the morning between 6 and 10. So, try to not run during that time.
If you enjoy morning running - as I know I do - but, you suffer from allergies, you can always run with a bandana or some sort of mask to cover your nose and mouth. This will keep you from inhaling as much of the pollen.
Make sure that you are consistent with taking your allergy medications. Taking them regularly will definitely help. If you just take them when you think you are going to need them - take your medication a couple of hours before you have your run planned.
Windy days can really bother you will you have allergies. The wind makes the pollen go everywhere. On those really windy days, you will probably want to move your run indoors to the treadmill.
Running after a rain is a great way to run more comfortably outdoors for allergy sufferers. Pollen counts are lower after a rain and you should be able to run without any problems.
Make sure that you are showering right after your run. For many runners with allergies, you may not show any symptoms for a while after you were in a pollinated area. So, if you shower immediately after your run, you may be able to avoid your allergies symptoms.
Many allergy sufferers have itchy and watery eyes. If this is you, make sure that you are wearing sunglasses when you run. Any will help, but if you can find wrap around ones, it will protect your eyes even more. Also, try to find sunglasses with different lenses so that you can put in clear ones if you run in the evenings or for those days when it's not sunny.
Running can cause discomfort for allergy sufferers. However, the above tips should help you to be able to get out there and enjoy your runs again!
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