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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Lager (Pint)

ABV 5%

Alcohol units

Calories 230 

Protein 2.84g

Carbs 17g 

Running plus A pint supplies a 10th of your body’s RDA of niacin, which boosts energy levels. It also delivers selenium to support immune function, plus a healthy injection of other essential minerals, including calcium, potassium and magnesium.

Health bonus Scientists at the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute in the Netherlands found that levels of C-reactive protein – an agent known to cause heart disease – plunged by 35 per cent after three weeks of moderate beer drinking, compared with three weeks on non-alcoholic beer. They also found beer swiggers’ ‘good’ cholesterol rose by 11 per cent in the same period. 

Imbiber beware Lager is not only calorie-laden but also a powerful appetite stimulant, causing you to crave inappropriate fatty food late at night: two factors that contribute to increased weight – and running times. 


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