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I was checking my web logs and someone came to my site using the keywords “kleenex bike ride”. I thought that was funny because I have such a problem with my nose being runny when I bike and run. I don’t have a cold or anything…just something about working out makes my nose run…so annoying! I keep meaning to go see a doctor about it.
I took some old t-shirts and cut them into hanky sized squares. (about 10 inches by 10 inches). I call these my snot rags – LOL.
I stick one in my pocket when I go running. If I don’t have a pocket in my running shorts, I’ll tuck the hanky into the back of my waistband. Sometimes it falls out, but I don’t care because it was just a piece of old t-shirt. Tho, when that happens, I am stuck wiping my nose on my shirt.
For biking, I tuck it into the bottom cuff of my bike shorts. Since the bike shorts are snug, it stays in there quite nicely until needed.
This must be a common problem for bikers. I was watching the Tour of California on TV and there were two guys who kept blowing snot out of their noses.
UPDATE 5/2/2006: I kept thinking about this while running, trying to figure out what exactly is causing the runny nose, and I figured out that the tube that leads from my nose into the back of my throat is always congested. So, the snot has nowhere to go except out my nose. I tried dosing up on sudafed before workouts, and that doesn’t help. So, I tried Robitussin (Guaifenesin), and that does work well. I find that I have to dose up three times before a workout or race to really clear out that tube. In other words, one dose the night before, and one first thing in the morning, and then one right before the workout/race. I will probably just use idea this for key workouts and for races, since I don’t like to take medicine every day.
Update Jan 2008 I stopped carrying snot rags while biking and running and now just use my hand. ICK, I know, but the snot rag just got all soggy after a half hour anyway. I read in a bike book that this condition is known as vasomotor rhinitis and is thought to be caused by an imbalance nerves to nasal passages. Your doctor can prescribe ipratropium bromide, trade name Atrovent, to alleviate the problem. I’m going to ask my doctor and will post back how it goes.