The drinking runner’s handbook

It’s that time of year. You’re inevitably going to imbibe something stronger than coconut water. But a well-chosen tipple will minimise damage to your running body.



by Jonathan Thompson

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Vodka and Diet Coke (Single with 125ml Coke)

ABV 6.5%

Alcohol units 1

Calories 80

Protein 0g 

Carbs 0g

Running plus Highly distilled and purified, vodka is the best alcohol for your stomach, unlikely to irritate it before tomorrow’s run.

Health bonus Vodka is less likely to give you a hangover as it’s free of preservatives, congeners and colouring. For example, it has only one six-thousandth of bourbon’s headache-inducing methanol levels.

Imbiber beware In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, volunteers’ fat-burning rates dropped by a huge 73 per cent for several hours after drinking two vodkas with soft mixers. 


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