Running in a polluted city

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    Mar 30, 2013 4:02 PM GMT
    I will move back to London in a few months.
    My passion for running started last year, when I was living in Stockholm, one of the most environmental-friendly cities in the world. Then I kept running in Italy as well, more or less in the countryside.
    Now that I'm going to a city that is extremely polluted - I lived there and I know for a fact that blowing your nose leaves your tissue covered in black - is it still healthy to run in such an environment? Is there something I can do to minimize the effects?
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    Mar 31, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    No solution I can think of but I'm so glad you brought this up. As a driver I was once so frustrated by ipod-oblivious joggers running in car exhaust choked traffic that I created a thread asking why runners would choose to run outdoors in urban pollution given that plus the additional health risk of putting their trust and lives in the hands of perfect strangers at the wheel of several thousand pounds of metal and glass when they could get a similar endorphin rush more safely on an indoor treadmill. Only joggers who lived in rural areas responded, quite defensively to boot - it wasn't even as if I was implying that they were creating traffic hazards!

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    Mar 31, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    The pollution is generally least in the early morning. If you run then, you'll inhale less bad stuff.
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    Mar 31, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    High pollution levels in London tend to be very localised. Most pollution is traffic-related and the highest pollution readings are on busy roads. Do your running in the parks.

    http://www.londonair.org.uk/london/asp/nowcastFullScreen.asp?species=NO2&LayerStrength=75
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    Mar 31, 2013 5:05 AM GMT
    NO, it's not at all healthy! especially if you do long term.

    Run early morning in a park is best.
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    Mar 31, 2013 10:36 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidHigh pollution levels in London tend to be very localised. Most pollution is traffic-related and the highest pollution readings are on busy roads. Do your running in the parks.

    http://www.londonair.org.uk/london/asp/nowcastFullScreen.asp?species=NO2&LayerStrength=75


    Useful link. Thanks.