Alcohol & Marathon Training...

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03/08/2006 at 21:35
I am training for my 4th marathon and am desperate to go sub-4 (P.B. 4:03!) I was wondering if giving up alcohol would help with my efforts as well as training? I drink half a bottle of wine a week, sometimes a little more but not much...
03/08/2006 at 21:54
Giving up half a bottle of wine a week is unlikely to make any difference unless you normally drink it half an hour before setting of on your long run ;o)
03/08/2006 at 22:19

Spread over the week it's probably doing you more good than harm.

03/08/2006 at 22:21
I'd stick with the alcohol and up the training.

I drink half a bottle of wine a night, and run 80-90 miles a week - a small price to pay for a regular tipple
03/08/2006 at 22:22
Mmmm wish I only drank half a bottle of wine a week.

Which marathon are you training for?
03/08/2006 at 22:28
I wish I only drank half a bottle of wine a night.
03/08/2006 at 22:31
Lol! Thanks guys, I will take your advice and keep on drinking ;-)

I am aiming for Abingdon, although not sure if I am in yet :-o
03/08/2006 at 22:33
Are you following a schedule P?
03/08/2006 at 23:58
How big is the bottle LoL
04/08/2006 at 07:56
Yes, still following the schedule (although missed the first few weeks due to wedding and honeymoon!)

Well, when I say bottle it's more of a box...... ;-) lol!
04/08/2006 at 08:05
1/2 a bottle a week and your thinking of giving it up??? lol

only compromisie where alcohol is concerned is not drinking (heavily) beofre a long run, other than that quite frankly i'd rather not eat!
04/08/2006 at 08:48
And I thought I was the only one who's running interferred with my wine consumption !
I do abstain the week before a marathon though.
04/08/2006 at 09:02
Santababy - I'm with you on that!
04/08/2006 at 09:09
Since I started running, even a small amount of alcohol makes me very tiddly.

Makes me a cheap date. :o)
04/08/2006 at 09:47
My alcohol consumption is about half a unit a month and I'm a cr@p runner. Infer what you will ;o)
04/08/2006 at 10:15
half a bottle a week! if i could get down to half a night would be a start! Stopping never seems to make much of a difference to me. Running more does.
04/08/2006 at 12:13
Of the many things I did to get from 4:18 to 3:50 was to quit booze for the 5 weeks before the marathon. I upped mileage by an average of 8 miles per week. I reccomend it. My doctor also said that a break like that gives your liver a chance to recover.
04/08/2006 at 12:53
Parrotmad, get off this forum now. How dare you ask such a question.. I am going to apply to have this thread removed. Get a grip of yourself... give up the running but never the alcohol... During any run you can hear me calling my name " Ar need a beer". :-)
05/08/2006 at 15:04
Thanks for all your thoughts! Looks like the general concensus is that I don't need to give my wine up, just what I was hopeing to hear!!!
11/10/2012 at 10:00

If you are very serious about your running, then you will not missed your alcohol. I have not touch the stuff for a year now,. Recently I have been getting PB times for 10km and half marathons, next month I will running the Luton Marathon, previous marathon times were around 4 hrs, I am confident that I will reduce that to around 3 hrs 20 mins.  As a 43 years old person, I have a lot more energy than I did when I was in my 20's and 30's. 

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