Running With a Cough

We’ve all been there.
Especially around winter time.
The germs flow round the confined office space overfilled with bodies.
There’s no escaping it!

What sucks is for us runners who want to get out into the cold wintry conditions, desperate to feel the wind on our faces to the point where our eyes water.
We want to venture outside, we want to run.

So what is stopping me? This stupid persistent chesty cough which has taken me out twice in the last two months. I have tried everything. Vitamins, cold and flu tablets, cold and flu drinks, over the counter cough medicine, night nurse. EVERYTHING.


So I put an SOS out to all my online friends and quite a few people suggested home remedies of honey and lemon. Sounds simple so I gave it a go. I have never liked honey but mixed with fresh lemon tasted really nice and refreshing and so far it’s soothed my cough and has reduced it from a chesty bark to a small annoying cough.

Run time.

Last night, I wrapped up warm in my running gear determined to get a few km’s in. I didn’t want to sit there and drink a hot drink so I had a spoon full of honey instead. According to “Studies, such as one conducted at Penn State College of Medicine, have found that honey can work more efficiently to calm a cough than over-the-counter drugs. It is a rich demulcent, with a high viscosity and stickiness that does an incredible job of coating and soothing those irritated mucous membranes. Thanks to an enzyme added by bees when they harvest honey, it also has antibacterial properties as well, which may help shorten how long you have the cough if it is due to bacterial illness.”


I managed to run about 3km in about 17 mins which isn’t the quickest I’ve done but was still okay for someone who has been ill for a few weeks. The best thing was I didn’t cough once when running or when I came back. However I didn’t have anymore honey that evening which I regretted when I went to lie down that night!


Hot lemon and honey throughout the day, a spoonful of honey before a run and a spoonful before bed.


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