Thursday, March 19, 2009

Runners Report

Seeing as how it's been a shameful number of weeks since I have contributed to Take It and Run Thursday, I'm going to dive right in:

Spring is one of the four most glorious seasons of the year for running. After months of layering up, trying to avoid icy patches, or worse, running indoors, it is wonderful to be out among the singing birds and new flowers.

It is so wonderful that all of a sudden, everybody's a runner. I've heard gym devotees complain about the influx of new people joining up, using the equipment and taking all the good lockers right after making New Year's resolutions in January. The same is true for runners in the spring.

The new runners are, of course, welcome to join us out on the road, and I hope they stick around (unless they are women in my age group who are faster than I am). I want to make a good first impression.

This brings me to my most valuable spring training tip:

Start taking allergy pills before you think you'll need them.

If I hit the Claritin a week before it gets good and gorgeous outside, then I will avoid the portion of my run where I am sneezing with such intensity that it knocks down those new runners, trying to see through my watery eyes how to get home so I can get a shower and some kleenex as fast as possible.

With a little prevention, I can just skip that.

What about you? How do you train in the spring?


raulgonemobile said...

Ah, good point. I wind up taking Nasonex all year round, and that helps me out a bit.

tfh said...

Ah, yes. Spring is lovely for everything except allergies.

X-Country2 said...

Excellent point. I get allergies every year, and every year I'm suprised I have allergies. You'd think I would learn!

merrymishaps said...

I never had allergies until I started running. I don't know if it's all that fresh air ... or just a coincidence.

I take Zyrtec year-round, but it doesn't stop me from getting sick every time something new starts flowering!

logic_spree said...

Going on some fast walkies for a few days before starting the run regime helps a whole lot. Its something about the physical stress of running that signals your body to send out the allergy brigade, which triggers the inflammatory stuff.