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Blocked Nose - How do you get around it?

Hi guys,

I have been mostly running outdoors since graduating.

The one problem of running outdoors in winter is blocked and at times, runny nose.

Does anyone have any suggestions for this?

Cheers,

Ash.

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Mouth breathing? :-)

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I have tried that...unfortunately it gets me out of breath quicker :-(

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As someone with terrible allergies all year round- I have a little pocket in the back of my running legs i dub my 'tissue pocket'- it fits two folded tissues per run and i chuck them in a bin if i go past one! Got to make sure I take them out before the wash though..

Actually, running does clear my nose/sinuses brilliant and I think it helps with blocked noses

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I am going to try this on my next run. Thanks BeatriceRose :-)

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If I want to do a run longer than a few k and am a bit bunged up I take a decongestant tablet about an hour beforehand (if I remember ) . I always have to carry a couple of tissues when I am out as my nose usually runs, especially when it's cold - if I have no pockets I wear a wrist sweatband and tuck a tissue in there.

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I found that as I got fitter my nose stopped running so much. It used to run like a darned tap😊 I think it's breathing so much, especially up hills.

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Cocaine

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I find running loosens up the congestion so it is good for a blocked nose. I take a wad of tissues in my pocket and blow as I go. You could try using a saline spray before you go if breathing through your nose is difficult

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My nose still streams all the time, I carry at least one tissue per KM!

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How's the nose now Ash? Mine needs a blow after a few miles but not too bad lately, I always take some tissues..

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Ok....so here is what I have been up to.

3 runs a week. I carry a hand towel and a small 250ml water bottle.

There are times when it is icy and I just take it slow and gentle. I walk particularly slidy bits.

I find the need to blow my nose only towards the start. As I get into the run, I get warmer.

And I am doing 3 crossfit sessions on the non-running days.

Sunday is a rest day at the moment.

BTW, I am doing a 5K tomorrow. This one is around Arthur's seat in Edinburgh. I aim to get to the finish line in under 46 minutes. But I am sure that a kilometer into the event, I will care less about the time and more about finishing :-)

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