I usually don't drink any alcohol 4 weeks before a race. However I have 2 weddings one week before a 10K race. Do you think it actually makes that much of a difference?
only makes 5 minutes difference to me between running whilst hungover and running a pb
i seen the word alcohol and i was in at speed
it doesnt make too much difference-in moderation-actually some of my post binge running exploits
would make your hair curl.
Think positive,with your running skills you'll be first at the bar and everybodies freind at last orders
Many moons ago , i ran my first half marathon after helping my mate demolish a barrell of home brew
the night before the race(and they reckon binge drinking is a new thing). Nowdays, I've run ten marathons and had a couple of pints of guiness the night before all of them.
A rule of thumb is the same as the police breathalizer, it takers an hour for the alcohol in half a pint of
average beer too leave the system. However,alcohol is a dieretic,so drink more water to retain maximum hydration
'If your going for a pb don't go over the top.'
If you're going for a p-b, don't go to the p-u-b.
IMO having a few drinks a whole week before the race won't make a jot of difference even if you're sub-elite. Any physical effects in terms of dehydration, etc will have completely gone in that time.
I don't know the drinking habits of elite athletes (are they all teetotal? Bet they're not) but from knowing a few club runners up to a very good level, moderate alcohol consumption seems to be the norm and I don't know many people who abstain completely for extended periods of time before a big race. As long as it doesn't hinder your training and the overall volume isn't huge (there are 'empty' calories in alcohol after all) I really can't see the problem.
I think it depends on your definition of "having a drink".
If you mean a couple of beers, or glasses of wine, then it won't make any difference at all.
If you mean getting totally wasted, then it might.
I got a 10k pb last year in an afternoon race, following a lunch of moules and frites, and half a bottle of rose
I am not an elite athlete ergo drinking will not effect my performance by having a drink or two the night before an event
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