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5/22/14 9:08 A

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I don't have asthma, but I have terrible! Terrible allergies. I've not done any training outdoors in weeks because of it. I tried over the weekend and wound up spending the next day sick as can be. I've been doing 10-12 "carpet miles" a day. I do longer workouts indoors since it's less challenging than actually running in the world.

I find allegra to be the only non drowsy medication that helps at all with my allergies and even then only a bit.

I hope you find some relief and ways to cope. I was thrilled today-- currently we have moderate pollen instead of a high pollen count. I'm hoping it's the start of the end, and not just because the rain washed it all out of the air.

Imperfection is important. If we were all perfect, then there would be no such thing as growth, and everyone would be extremely boring, which is, paradoxically, not that perfect.-- Dr. Matt

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5/21/14 11:11 P

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Oh, I have talked to my doctor about my training. Just not specifically with regards to the allergies, which just cropped up this week. I'm healthy as a horse and she's totally on board. Thanks for the tips, asthmatics! I know it sounds dumb but, using the inhaler before a run and not just when I need it? Who knew!? Also, I'll try Allegra next. As always, you guys are awesome.

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5/21/14 11:07 P

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You are training for a marathon. You should talk to your doctor, asthma or no asthma.See a cardiologist. Marathons are an extreme sport and you should take the extra time to be sure you are ok.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi
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5/21/14 10:13 P

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I use an inhaler before I go out and keep it with me on longer races.

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5/21/14 7:11 P

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I have to take singular every spring. I also take my inhaler before every run.

Each of is an athlete, some are just in training.


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5/21/14 3:51 P

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I use my inhaler before I run. I would suggest that instead of waiting! I don't run with it unless I am racing in freezing weather.
Claritin didn't work for me, I prefer generic versions of Allegra or Zyrtec.
My worst asthma symptoms were/are caused by the cold air, but it was my cat allergy and a new long haired kitty that kicked it off years ago. I refuse to give up my kitties, I am now taking allergy shots and am a lot better and haven't had any asthma symptoms lately!

~ vicki
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5/21/14 12:33 P

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I'm a lifelong asthmatic currently training for a marathon. My asthma has been completely under control for years, requiring only a rescue inhaler a couple times a week, if that. Of course, I always have it with me when I run and would occasionally need it at the beginning of my run or after the big hills. Recently, however, I've been DYING, and using my inhaler over and over and not feeling any relief.

Like many parts of the country, we're also having giant pollen storms and I think they're affecting me. My eyes and face are constantly itchy. I'm not having any other respiratory symptoms, but I suspect that my running-induced asthma attacks may be tied to the serious allergic reaction I'm having to the pollen. I tried taking Claritin and it didn't help.

Are there any other asthmatic runners that are having this problem? How are you managing? Any tips or tricks? Any suggestions for OTC? Do I just need to suck it up and talk to my doctor?

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