So after many many unfortunate events that involved a lab flood, a pair of stolen and destroyed glasses, and more rain than any person should have to stand, we’re happy to present our first podcast! Alcohol and running–how they mix, should they mix, and what terrible things might happen in the event of their mixing.
As we produce each podcast, we’ll make sure we link up all the studies we cite in the podcast, so here they are in order of mention.
Did you know you can win an Olympic Marathon while eating a combination of brandy and strychnine? Or that the world mile record while drinking beer is only just a minute slower? Turns out good drinkers can be good runners.
It’s not entirely clear what impact alcohol has on athletic performance. It certainly isn’t a great idea to get drunk before running, but moderate alcohol consumption on a general basis will likely not do any harm. You’ll also probably be able to run just fine while moderately hungover, but like any other time you run, gauge how you’re feeling and make sure you’re well hydrated. As for that post-run beer? Keep it to one or two and you won’t be undoing your good work, but it’s probably not a great idea to have more than that (and that’s probably good advice in general!).
Enjoy all the sciencey goodness!