has anyone else’s allergies been killing them this year?
wheezing, sneezing, slurping messiness.
attractive, yes, i know 😉
i mean, i have literally felt like i’m trying to breathe through Jell-O or pudding (or some other similarly sticky, thick gooiness…)
the neti pot has become my new best friend.
i never thought i’d say this…but thank god for treadmills!! i’m supposed to be training for the Baltimore 10-miler right now and most of my runs have been in the lovely air-conditioned confines of my gym.
i know they’re “just allergies,” but yeah…they can still make you feel tired and stressed. i don’t run well when i’m worn down, and i feel like i’m not doing myself any favors by pushing myself in an outdoor environment that is making me feel like crap. so for me at least, right now, i think the best solution is to keep my runs inside for a little bit yet…. well that and i like to follow some of these little tidbits i’ve picked up along the way:
- follow the neck rule: if my allergies are above the neck (stuffy or runny nose and sneezing) it’s probably OK to run. anything below the neck (chest congestion, upset stomach, or body aches) i give it a rest.
- pollen counts tend to be high early in the morning, so i try to be flexible with when i run during the day (or use the treadmill instead!) you can also track local pollen counts on sites like pollen.com or even weather.com
- i avoid running outside on windy days…i mean, i kind of do this year round because i’m a bit of a wimp and hate the wind (unless it’s at my back) but yeah, wind helps spread the pollen throughout the air…no bueno.
- itchy eyes? try sunglasses, use eye drops, and change or wash your pillowcases regularly to help reduce symptoms
i also thought this infographic had some interesting natural cures…i’m wondering if getting my red grapes in the crushed/fermented/liquid format is just as healthy 😉