I'm a 15 year old female cross country & track runner living in northern virginia, and starting last track season/Spring I've been having problems with my "allergies."
Last Spring, I began to experience allergy-like symptoms, such as runny nose and sneezing, though mostly runny nose. When I walk around usually I have a slightly runny nose and I need to blow my nose every now and then, or spit up the snot because it goes to my throat, but when I run the runny nose amplifies and I often need to spit or wipe my nose, which is kinda nasty and not good for my running. most of the time the mucus is clear, but at times it's colored.
These symptoms lasted well throughout Spring and my track season. At one race though, Idk why but I cried (I caught a cold bc I didn't feel cold but I guess I was) and when I ran my warm up I felt better, but then in the race, by the first lap my throat was constricted and I could barely keep a pace well below my usual. I thought the crying is what killed that race.
Once again, the symptoms continued throughout the summer and well into fall, with the same not-so-serious-runny-nose while simply walking around and amplified symptoms when running. I once again blamed my runny nose on the pollen. I experienced a runny nose throughout the season. Then at Districts, at the start of the race I was keeping good pace, but after the first mile I felt like my throat was constricted and I couldn't take deep breaths. I feel well behind my usual running partners and I ended up with my worse race time of the season. When I finished, I tried to take a deep breath, but I remember my chest would tighten up and I just couldn't take deep breaths. Eventually I could take deep breaths again but that day really bothered me.
I am still experiencing these symptoms now, please help me resolve this! I don't know what is happening.
I've tried tea and a humidifier, they lessen the symptoms