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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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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