Hello our fellow athletes,
Well it’s that time again, the winds of change and seasons of running. we’ve received several questions regarding Running with allergies and pollen.
First and foremost if you have severe allergies you’ll want to get clearance from your healthcare provider to continue your physical activities and regimen.
Second, the best time to run outdoors is of course when the pollen count is low. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the pollen concentrations are usually intensified during the hours from 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. so you’ll want to adjust your running accordingly. If you’re not sure what the pollen count is in your area, click on, what’s the Pollen count?
Here are some other helpful hints:
- Can people develop symptoms when pollen counts are 20-100 grains per cubic meter? Yes, it is possible, some runners can tolerate much higher counts so take notice to the pollen count and keep track of any symptoms, such as itchy or watery eyes. If symptoms persist, please consult with your healthcare provider to address any potential issues.
- Wear wraparound sunglasses when running outdoors. (my Optometrists recommends that I apply eye-drops about an hour before I run outside). You may want to ask your optometrists for recommended eye-drops.
- If you have asthma, ensure you take your inhaler with you. Some runners use their inhalers about 15 minutes before they start running. (again seek advice from your healthcare provider regarding asthma and using inhalers). If you do use your pump, ensure you do an easy warm up (i.e. easy run before pounding the pavement). Just don’t overdo it.
- If it’s windy, then the pollen will also travel with the wind, if you can avoid running when it’s windy or you may want to opt for the treadmill option.
- If running outdoors, ensure the pollen count is below your personal tolerance level.
- If you’re feeling sluggish or tired, your immune system may react severely to an allergen. So opt for taking a rest day or cross-train, i.e. Pilates, spinning class, yoga, etc., in lieu of running outdoors for that day.
- If you’re taking medications for allergies, ensure you’re taking them as directed by your healthcare provider so that you’re fully protected from the outdoor allergens. There are OTC (over the counter) antihistamines you can take, only when you know you’ll be exposed to allergens, they are usually taken a few hours before you head out the door for your run.
- Jump in the shower as soon as you’re finished with your run. The Reason: the worst allergy symptoms normally happen about an hour after you’ve had contact with pollen, some runners may never experience the symptoms being outdoors but are exposed after the fact. Showering after your run will reduce your chances of symptoms from allergy issues.
Just a friendly reminder: We will meet next Thursday morning at 7:00 am and at the track at 7:00 pm…
“Only I can change My Life, No one can do it for Me” – Andy Warhol