How we test gear. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. And I just figured out how to refuel with a pint any time. He resisted at first, considering himself a serious runner, but when he was dragged out to a hash almost two decades ago, he was hooked by the group's carefree mantra. Alcohol is also a diuretic, which means drinking too much the night before a run or race could leave you dehydrated in the morning. Some runners can't imagine not having a pint the night before a race, because it helps calm their nerves. A beer before a run? Competitive distance runners, unlike hockey or rugby players, are better known as boy scouts than party boys, but Mr. Finlayson says that's just a stereotype. We may earn commission if you buy from a link. Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. Beer, like red wine, does provide some health benefits. Alas, it's not so. But drink something else first since alcohol can interfere with refueling, which delays recovery. And he holds the world record for "joggling" - running while juggling at the same time - for both the 10-kilometre distance and in the marathon, with a time of 2:50:12. Ah, beer and running. (That's right, one beer. It's the reward for going the extra mile. You've heard this before many a race: Runners order a beer and joke about carb-loading. Others turn up their noses at those who've never run a marathon, says Douglas Gray of Barrie, Ont. Drinking can benefit your running, he says, but "it's not the alcohol content. Meanwhile, moderate drinkers -women who had 15 to 45 drinks a month, and men who had 30 to 75 - got 20 more minutes a week than abstainers. If you don't usually drink, though, now is not the time to start; some studies suggest that as little as 12 ounces can disrupt the most beneficial kind of sleep. Reply. The Best Black Friday Deals on Running Shoes, Iraqi-American Completes Indoor Ironman Triathlon, Therabody Products Are Up to $150 Off This Week, Woman Runs 53 Virtual Races—and Makes GPS Art, This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. (Translation: "Did you run a personal best? Now I will admit, I am not a big drinker – and especially not a big beer drinker – so this is not really something I’ve really ever considered or contemplated…but I’m sure there are many of you that have. Published October 29, 2009 . That means: Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. When he mentions he's a competitive marathoner, the reaction from non-runners is almost always the same. Sarah says. Should You Sub Regular Coffee With Chicory Coffee? “You just need to drink it at the right time.”. Others may play team sports, where you wind up at the bar after a game. While he used to tease his wife for having a drink the night before a big run, now he will have a couple himself and not worry about it. Besides causing embarrassing lapses of judgment, too much beer can dehydrate you and slow recovery. © Copyright 2020 The Globe and Mail Inc. All rights reserved. This article was published more than 10 years ago. And why not hoist a well-earned brew? One beer per lap. This article was published more than 10 years ago. ", "You have to be able to enjoy it," he says. "We have our silly little rituals, and rugby-type songs," he says. "I followed a training program like a robot and calculated all of the paces and distances of my training runs like a scientific researcher," he says. Those folks are understandably nervous about doing things properly, he says. They call it the Beer Mile. Beer also contains B vitamins and chromium, which aid in converting carbohydrates to energy. Reply. Compared with people who never drink, those considered heavy drinkers - at least 46 drinks a month for women, and 76 or more for men - got 10 extra minutes of exercise each week. In fact, some runners, like those at the Beer Belly Two in Wisconsin in June, don't wait for the finish; they grab a cupful at the “water” stops. “There's no reason for runners to feel like beer can never cross their lips,” says Leslie Bonci, R.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Hooray, you're finished! “Alcohol can delay the body's ability to heal,” says Bonci. The club originated with a group of expats living in Malaysia in 1938, and has since expanded all over the world, including to Canada. When the start gun blasted, however, he did something he never would have attempted in international competition: He chugged a bottle of Granville Island Winter Ale. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to [email protected] It's the light to which the moths flock—especially when it's free.