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.
Vodka and Diet Coke (Single with 125ml Coke)
Alcohol units 1
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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