Cold Remedies That Runners Swear By

If you ask any runner, they will probably tell you that fall running is the best.  The temps are cooler, the humidity starts to dissipate and race calendars are full.  Unfortunately, fall is also a time when we get hit with colds HARD.  Which is exactly what happened to me yesterday morning and it just so happens to be race week. 

On Sunday I am supposed to be running the Syracuse Half Marathon but, as luck would have it, I woke up yesterday with a ridiculously stuffy nose, throbbing sinuses and an overall sense of blah.  My training plan called for a few miles but with the way I felt, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  Instead, I grabbed a hot cup of coffee and turned to my running friends for advice on how to kick this nasty cold before race day.  

I had originally planned on posting the next part of my Unilateral Training for Runners series but decided to share these little tidbits of advice from fellow Instagram and Facebook runners instead.

Cold Remedies That Runners Swear By: Natural Tips and Tricks to Get You Back to Running

Lisa (@lisastar21): Steam, and steam with honey, lemon and cloves. Rest, water water water!

Nic ( All the water you can imagine.

Crystal (@1bamr): Definitely water, Vit C drops and Zicam!

Tiffany (@tiffgallagher): Peppermint, the cooling effects of peppermint will work against the inflammation. Use peppermint tea, essential oil on your chest and in your underarms.

Mona (@queenofmykitchen): Cold eeze and tons of water. Works like as charm.

Kara (@mainegirl2runs): Mucinex Sinus, Gypsy Cold Care Tea and rest.  Also @lovesuja green juice! 

Angelena Marie: Peppermint essential oil. Mix with a carrier and rub on your chest. Should help open your sinuses.

Stephanie S.: Knock it out with some good bone broth soup and a healthy dose of ginger, turmeric, garlic, and sriracha or other hot sauce to clear the sinuses. Neti pot to soothe.

Christie T.: Astragalus & zinc to boost your immune system.

Jamie E.: Chaga Tea! I swear by it.

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What tips and tricks to you have for naturally kicking a cold? 

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Reply November 8, 2017

I love the idea of bone broth with hot sauce! I bet that works pretty well. I like the zicam nasal swabs a lot. I had a race this past weekend and I was congested the entire time we were gone. I was miserable! I wish I'd had some of these things with me!

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply November 8, 2017

I'm sorry to hear about your cold! Unfortunately, tis the season...I always try to go with the natural remedies, staying hydrated with lots of water and herbal tea! Get better soon!
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Reply November 8, 2017

If I want to run, sudafed is my jam. I laughed when I saw your post calling out for remedies other than sudafed, but there you go. It gives me wings and lets me power through my run and my day.

Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Reply November 8, 2017

I hope you feel better soon! I make a concoction of Hot water, honey, and lemon - my mom used to make it for me. Combined with sleep it works!

Susie @ Suzlyfe
Reply November 8, 2017

Running was always the best cure for my cold. Thus why I've had one since being put on crutches an I CAN'T SHAKE IT

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply November 8, 2017

Bahhh! That stinks!!! I hope you feel better soon. These are great tips.

Jennifer @ Fit Nana
Reply November 8, 2017

I do Emergen-C, try to get plenty of water, drink some tea with honey, and REST! Hope it clears quickly!! <3

Kim G
Reply November 8, 2017

Sorry to hear that you are sick :(

Thanks for providing these tips. I'm a big believer of tons of water and lots of vitamin C!

Chrystal Rose
Reply November 8, 2017

Everyone around is getting sick! It is that time of the season I guess. Tea with some honey and lemon always helps me out. Thanks for the tips and I hope you feel better soon!
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Lisa @ Mile by Mile
Reply November 8, 2017

These are great tips! I have started to feel a cold coming on over the past few days so I may need to try some of these out.

Reply November 8, 2017

Zinc is the only supplement that's been shown to decrease the amount of time it takes to get over a cold - I read an article summarizing the research on this recently, and of course now I can't remember where! I think it might have been Outside magazine. Peppermint, ginger, etc...definitely help relieve the congestion in the meantime.

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