There's nothing worse than allergies getting in the way of your training regimen, especially when a big race is just weeks away. Instead of running 30 miles in a week, you're sneezing and having trouble breathing through your nose on mile 3. In worse cases, you begin to wheeze and may even have seasonal asthma. What's a runner to do?
I faced this exact problem these past two weeks. I actually thought I was getting sick with a cold because I was coughing and had a runny nose. My usual allergy symptoms, which include itchy eyes, weren't really playing a part.
I tried self-medication and I tried several allergy remedies, including Zyrtec, Claritin and Benedryl. Nothing really seemed to help. Really, I put off going to the doctor for a week too long, hoping that I would just cure myself magically.
The doctor decided that I may have a lung infection causing the asthma and the feelings of general malaise and fatigue. After five days of antibiotics, I feel much better but am still taking allergy meds and using an inhaler before I go running.
My plan for the Brooklyn Half has been destroyed by the loss of training time, and I can only hope that the next four weeks go smoothly in order for my 13.1 mile experience on May 19 to be a success.
What do you folks do when allergy season gets you down? What's the best way to train despite adverse conditions? Hit us up in the comments.