Beating a ‘Cold’ January


SneezyYou probably noticed I haven’t posted in a few days. Despite my efforts to avoid germs, I’ve had the worst cold known to mankind. Actually I’ve had the cold for probably a month, but it started making it crescendo this week.

More recently, this cold has taken a toll on my brain, I can barely think and I’m always tired. The post nasal drip is absolute torture and my lordie, what will it take to get this taste out of my mouth? It’s time to break out the big guns of homeopathy with what I like to call the triangle approach to kicking a cold in the ass.

1. Jim Jay-Bones’ Lemon-Zinger “Turbo” Tea

  • 2 Green Tea teabags
  • 16oz travel mug
  • 4 tablespoons natural honey
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Water

Boil water and add to the rest of the ingredients. Let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Rinse and repeat.

2. The Sleeping Michelin Man

Take a really hot shower and then overdress for bed. Overdress to the point that rolling over is almost impossible. Wear your long johns, pajamas, sweat suit and ski suit. Chug at least one pint of spring water before nodding-off. If you have a humidifier – BLAST it. If you have more than one, blast ’em if you got ’em. If you don’t have one, buy one. Add water and enough salt to get it steaming.

3. Eat, Drink and be Wary

Even the Mayo Clinic says there’s no basis to the old wives tale that it helps to starve a cold and feed a fever. Eat like a viking and drink a lot of fluids, as much as possible and preferably vitamin-rich (OJ is great). Lay off the beer and mixed drinks because you’ll dehydrate. By this time it should be obvious that the triangle approach is about turning your body into a wet sponge.

Be wary. By that I mean be cautious; about going outside under-dressed (wear a hat), staying up too late to catch the Daily Show or subjecting yourself to undue stress (take a break).


  1. My name is Robert Key and I am a runner from Houston, Texas. I saw your blog listed when I was looking through the RBF directory and very much enjoyed reading some of your entries. I hope you continue to feel better and get over your cold. I am battling a severe shin splint in my left leg, but am getting over it.

    I have a web site at that is inspirational stories for walkers, runners and athletes of all ages and abilities. A new feature I have recently added to the site is a categorized and searchable Running Blog Database where members of my site can find a blog of interest to them based on other walkers, runners or athletes of similar abilities, goals and interests. To my knowledge it is the only one of its kind specifically for walkers and runners on the internet. I would appreciate it if you would take a moment to put a link to your blog in our Running Blog Database. Just click on “Link your running blog” under “Free Features” from the home page. If you want to learn more about my running background, just click on “Meet Robert” from the main menu , or to learn more about my involvement in the running community, click on “Faithful Soles in the news” in the left column under “Weekly Features”. I also have a blog that I just started at, but most of my running information is on my web site. Also, if there is anyone else in your blogger network that you think would be interested in listing their blog, please feel free to pass this information along to them. Thanks and continued good luck in your training.

  2. Great Blog, found you off CRN

  3. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. A very timely article, if this cold sticks with me another day, its might be time for the sleeping Michelin Woman ; p

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