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Running in Smoky Air

Postby jamesndawson » Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:52 pm

I'm trying to keep up with my running better and I've got a day off so I'd like to run today. But we've been have some scary big fires in central and eastern WA and the air's a bit smoky here in Spokane. I'm not choking or wheezing or anything, but I can definitely smell some smoke. Would it be foolhardy of me to run for about 40 minutes or should I try it?
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Re: Running in Smoky Air

Postby ninearms » Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:16 pm

Give it a go. You can always take a bandana to cover your mouth if it's too much.
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Re: Running in Smoky Air

Postby jamesndawson » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:37 pm

Thanks. I think I will. I should've done it before I posted this, but I took a little look around the Net about it, and many runners said they wouldn't, but others seemed a little undecided or ambiguous. Nothing was very clear. And it's hard to gauge how bad "bad" is. I do smell it a little, and it feels a little stuffy, but then I'm never sure if that's the power of suggestion. But I'll do it and stop if it feels terrible. I had a pretty good run a couple days ago and saw how much consistency improves me and want to avoid slacking off. I think it'll be okay.
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Re: Running in Smoky Air

Postby jamesndawson » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:39 pm

P.S.---The Spokane air quality level is "officially" "unhealthy" for "everyone", but again, I'm going to do it.
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Re: Running in Smoky Air

Postby jamesndawson » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:44 pm

Just got back from my run. It went fine. I think the smoke has pretty much been cleared out by the wind, but this morning it was definitely in the air. But I still wonder what's safe and what isn't. I don't have asthma, but if it'd been just a little too thick, would I have collapsed or something?
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