Every season is fun for running – and each season comes with it’s own challenges. Summer is hot and humid; and it’s challenging to work around busy schedules. In the fall, we’re faced with dark mornings. The winter often means snow with icy road conditions. But the spring is nearly perfect. The morning temperature is slightly cool, with little to no humidity.
Spring is the perfect time to start a consistent running routine. If you’re concerned about running during allergy season, don’t be! I’m sharing 5 tips for running during allergy season that have helped me.
1| Stay Hydrated.
I know I say this all the time, but it so important to stay hydrated. Hydration comes before, during and after your workout. If you feel thirsty, you’re hydrating too late. When running, take water with you or have water stops along the way. Public water fountains and stashing water at a friend’s house along your route are great ways to keep your hands free.
2| Plan Around Pollen.
There are many apps available that offer a pollen count based on your zip code. The app that I use for tracking weather incorporates this into its offerings. In my area, pollen is typically highest in the early morning hours. Unfortunately, that is usually when I run. If your schedule allows more flexibility, considering running during the midday hours.
3| Take Xyzal® Allergy 24HR.
Xyzal is available over the counter at your neighborhood CVS. This 24-hour antihistamine product providing continuous all night, all day allergy relief. Be sure to follow the package instructions and take Xyzal at bedtime. It relieves indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms such as sneezing; itchy, watery eyes; runny nose; itchy nose or throat for a full 24-hours.
Xyzal is available at CVS in 10 count, 35 count, 55 count, and 80 count packaging. Clinically proven relief in 60 minutes; Xyzal is as effective at hour 24 as it as at hour one.
4| Keep Your House and Clothing Clean.
As soon return home from your run, immediately take off your shoes and change your clothing. Allergens are easily spread throughout your house on clothing and running shoes. Launder your running clothing as soon as you can to help minimize the spread of allergens. Remember to vacuum your house regularly during allergy season, too.
5| Wear Sunglasses.
Sunglasses serve two purposes for runners, they work to help minimize the glare from the sun and protect your eyes from pollen in the air. You may want to look for sunglasses specially designed for running. For me, I’ve found that the athletic sunglasses don’t provide enough sun protecton so I wear my big everyday sunglasses.
These tips have worked great for me as I continue running during allergy season. Do you have any tips for running during allergy season that have worked for you? Leave a comment below letting me know!