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Dec 06

RBG105 Alcohol and Running

Run Barefoot Girl podcast – Caity’s running podcast – is focused today on alcohol and other drugs.

I talk about my personal experience with drugs, my current relationship with alcohol, some evidence that beer is beneficial to running, thoughts about alcoholism, and inconclusive meanderings.

So this episode isn’t complete without your feedback, thoughts and perspectives! Join the conversation on the Run Barefoot Girl Facebook page

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This episode is dedicated to my brother-in-law, Andrei.

Andrei and me (with Stefan in the background, far left) at my wedding to Stefan in October 2000.

Andrei and me (with Stefan in the background, far left) at my wedding to Stefan in October 2000.

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2 comments

  1. krista

    First of all it was so cool to see you at BTR last year! Such a special event wth such great people and you are definitely so much fun to be around! If I wasnt busy running or manning my booth weekend I was getting pretty wasted as you can remember, but since then Ive adjusted my drinking around my running or working out because my goals have changed slightly. Running use to be all about the social aspects but now that Ive gotten pretty serious about my strength training as well Ive stopped drinking alcohol right after my runs or my workouts. I limit all alcohol consumption to ten hours post race or workout. At first it was out of respect for my coaches (mostly because they told me to) but apparently theres science behind it – alcohol inhibits protein synthesis and can slow down recovery. So Ive replaced my post workout beer with a protein drink. Even after running Pine to Palm I had my husband get me a tasty milkshake at the finish line instead of a beer. But once that ten hours was up we celebrated !

    I suspect if its a race Im doing just for giggles and the fun of it like BTR you will still find me drinking shots of whiskey at my booth, though. Cant wait to see you there again next year! Cheers to Born to Run!!!

  2. HeatherW

    There’s no denying that drinking events can be a blast!

    But, as you well know, there are many reasons that people opt to not drink. Some reasons are personal or family history with substance abuse, medical issues, religious or cultural reasons, or even simply not enjoying the feeling of drunkenness.

    You talked in the podcast about getting some pushback for an event that including drinking and running. That raises some important questions. Would a person that doesn’t drink be attracted to the non-drinking portions of the event? Would a person that doesn’t drink feel left out? Is it really the intention to exclude such people? With an activity like hashing, it’s hard to imagine someone saying, “I love the dirty songs and all the profanity, but the presence of alcohol makes me uncomfortable.” Actively excluding such people is important to the culture of hashing. When you’re the race director, your whim is law, ultimately, but it sounded like you did NOT want to exclude people from the event.

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