Besides eating black-eyed peas, another thing I like to do on New Year's Day is get in the first run of the year. It's not a resolution to get fit thing. I don't have a gym membership. I just like to run when I've got the day off and the sun is shining, which it was on Wednesday. So I laced up my running shoes and hit the pavement.
The problem was not in the few miles I ran. It was in the coming home. Almost immediately upon my return from the run, I started sneezing. If you have spent any time around me, you know that I have a rather unique sneeze. Small, short bursts in rapid succession. A dog yipping, a mouse, a baby, a cry. These are all thing my sneeze has been described as. But on rare occasions, like when I have allergies or a cold, my sneeze turns loud and violent.
Since I finished that run on Wednesday, I have been sneezing, loud and violent like. Mama called and thought I was sick. No, I said. I'm just allergic to running. She thought I was silly. But it's kind of true. Did you know that for some people exercise can cause allergy-like symptoms? I am one of those people.
Okay, so I'm also one of those people who is also prone to real allergy symptoms. Cats, grasses, weeds, molds, dust mites, just to generalize the basics. Now one would think winter in a mountain town wouldn't cause too many allergy symptoms. But winter just happens to be the time of year that exercise induced rhinitis increases. So basically I am congested for the majority of my life.
During my peak allergy season, a guy a used to work for would say every morning, "You look like you're going to die." Not, "Hello." Not, "Good morning." Simply, "You look like death." Why thank you. Thank you very much. I was feeling fine, but now I feel like dying.
The biggest thing about the allergy and allergy-like symptoms is that they exhaust me. By the time I get off work, my head feels heavy and foggy and all I want to do is crawl into bed. Which this time of year, isn't such a bad idea. I mean as long as I'm not getting out and exercising these symptoms will go away, right? Right?
Over-the-counter-medication can help sometimes. I do try to avoid triggers as much as possible. But I can't ever seem to figure out is this winter exercise problem. How do I stay active without suffering from extreme congestion, sneezing and exhaustion. As it is, it takes me two days just to recover from one outdoor run.
Please tell me I am not the only one with this problem. Any tips or advice for a girl who is apparently allergic to running in the wintertime?