Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Peek In Our Week and A Tip You Might Want To Know

I finally found a trail around my area. A friend showed me where it was and it's pretty close to my house and I never knew it was even there. Since finding this trail this week, I have already been there twice running 8 miles each time. It is a nice change of scenery as well as terrain. But I don't think I would run through there by myself (kind of scary, maybe I am just a wimp). If I do, I would definitely bring my phone on that run. ~L

My IT band is still bothering me this week. I did take a few days off and don't plan on doing much this coming week. Also my feet have been so sore. I have so many blisters that I can't pop, almost like calluses. I keep thinking it has to be my shoes because I have been wearing the same kind of socks forever and never had any before,  unlike the shoes. But I know a week before the marathon is not ideal on finding another pair of shoes. Any suggestions?  ~L
 
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I still hadn't kicked that cold last week but I still tried to get some runs in. I did 4 miles outside on Tuesday, 3 treadmill miles on Friday, and 10 miles on the trail on Saturday. It is absolutely beautiful hear today so I am hoping to head out to do some more this afternoon.  ~M
 
 While I was on the phone with a good friend Thursday night, we were talking about each of our illnesses. (I think it's a sign of getting older when you have in depth conversations about mucus and phlegm)  But anyway, she was telling me a tip she learned from her friend about using vinegar an water to clear your throat of phlegm. At this point I was willing to try anything, so I did.
 
In case you find yourself in my situation later this season, here is what I did.
 
 
Mix 2/3 cup cold water with 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar.  Gargle, and then ( with the mixture still in your mouth) hang your head upside down ( like you are going to touch your toes).  Every 2 -3 seconds tap the rough of your mouth with your tongue ( I think this controls where the liquid goes in your mouth).  You are suppose to stay in this position for 3 minutes. I couldn't only stand to do it for only 1 minute ( because I couldn't breath out of my nose because it was all stuffed up and I obviously could not open my mouth).
 
What is suppose to happen is that the apple cider vinegar is suppose to draw out all the mucus/phlegm and then after the 3 minutes, you spit out the apple cider/water mixture and the phlegm goes with it and you have a clear throat.  I did this 3 times for only 1 minute each time. I can't say that it removed all my phlegm forever, but it did clear it up a little bit and I did feel better for the rest of the night. I do wonder if it was really the apple cider vinegar or if it was just the motion of hanging my head upside down that did it?    ~M
 
Do you have any remedies to help clear your throat of phlegm?

18 comments:

  1. My IT band as been acting up more than it ever has before! So this week, I took 3 days off but stretched and foam rolled, and then I was DETERMINED to run. So I had 2 successful 5 mile runs since, but the key is, I have to stretch and foam roll for 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after for all to go well lol. That's almost as much time stretching as it takes me to run!

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  2. It needs to be raw, unfiltered, "with the mother" AVC. The other is processed and doesn't work well.

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    1. Braggs is a good brand and you can buy at most groceries in the organic section. Look at draxe.com for more homeopathic uses!

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    2. Thanks, if I try it again I'll look for that!

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  3. My feet haven't exactly been sore, but since I'm trying to get back out running, my feet have been tight. Not only do I have to foam roll my IT band, I have to use a golf ball on both my feet.

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  4. Interesting - I've never head of that remedy before. I'll try it out next time (hopefully I won't be getting sick in awhile).

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  5. When I have a sore throat I make soup and add cayenne pepper to it and that helps me sometimes. I hope you feel better soon.

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  6. So sorry your IT band is still bothering you, hopefully that goes away soon! But awesome on finding the fun to trail to be running on!

    Sorry your still suffering with your cold. Mucinex is the absolute best thing I have found for dealing with any type of congestion, flem or sinus problems. If your dealing with sinus problems and congestion, I had a Pharmacist recommend this tip to me once years ago while on vacation for a marathon:) Mucinex, Sinutab and a Ibuprophin. Sounds like a lot for a drug cocktail, but I trusted him and he was right, it did the trick and I've used it many times since!
    Hope you get feeling better before your upcoming race!!!

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  7. Ugh! I hate being sick. But I can honestly say that I haven't been really sick this year! I chalk it up to my Recoverybits! They helped with my allergies and they're keeping me fairly healthy. :) I hope you feel better soon Meranda!

    Lacey I love that you found a trail close by! I'm actually kind of jealous. I really should try out some trails. It definitely would be a great change of scenery and I think I need that.

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  8. I've never heard of the apple cider thing. It sounds a bit unpleasant but sometimes you're desperate! I might try this the next time I'm at that point.

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  9. if you mix a little ACV with water and drink it (it's gross), it definitely gets your nose to run. I was desperate once and tried it after reading that it's a natural remedy for sinus infections (not sure about that part but it helped to unstuff me a little).

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    1. Although it was meant to be gargled, I admit I did end up drinking a few swigs. It's actually not that bad :)

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  10. I've never heard of this! But I love vinegar for it's many uses.

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  11. acv, tea, and honey are my sick day go-to! That stuff is magical I tell ya!

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  12. I had never heard that about apple cider vinegar, but when you feel bad why not try?!

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  13. I've never done that with apple cider vinegar, but, I drink a couple of tablespoons diluted with water every morning. I have been at that for a few months now and can happily report I did not catch the cold my husband brought home from work. I'm excited to see if this makes a long term difference this winter.

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  14. Glad the vinegar helped. I hope that you're feeling better!

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  15. I swear by ACV! When I am coming down with something I drink a concoction of ACV, lemon, hot water, honey, and a dash of cayenne pepper and I feel brand new!

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