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2188 Views 44 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2007 12:29 PM by 2slow4u RSS Go to original post 1 2 3 Previous Next
  • exciton Rookie 317 posts since
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    30. Jul 9, 2007 4:23 PM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    Snailypoo,

    We ultra-weirdos are the hippies of the running world. When you find yourself among US, you know you are scraping the bottom of the running barrel. I like beer very much. Like Karl Meltzer, I look at it as part of my carb maintenance program. Unlike Karl, I do not enjoy vodka and Red Bull. Of course, I'm not sponsored by Red Bull ... or by anyone else really.

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  • Gregolowe Rookie 324 posts since
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    31. Jul 9, 2007 4:45 PM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    I like beer and I really like tequila. I know in my own heart that I can justify that extra drink or two....or three....since I'm going to be running (insert appropriate (any) mileage here) tomorrow. I wonder if other runners think the same. Heck, most of us are probably pretty trim. What the hell, have another BEER!

  • RRainey Rookie 98 posts since
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    33. Jul 10, 2007 10:27 AM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    To each his/her own-My idea of hell no drinking and a vegan diet.

  • cgerber Pro 195 posts since
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    34. Jul 10, 2007 10:46 AM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    quote:


    Originally posted by beard o bees:

    No denial here. I love beer. Belgians. Imperials. Barley wines. Doubles. Old ales. The strong stuff. I find it enjoyable having some nice beers after a long training run or a race. Perhaps my greatest disappointment in going to Utah for Wasatch is that the beer is so frickin' weak.

    Brennen


     



    I'll second both of those sentiments (good strong beer and Utah water, er beer)!

    I love a cold beer or two or three after a long run...

  • RunForFun001 Pro 626 posts since
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    35. Jul 10, 2007 12:13 PM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    Hmmm - I love running - I love beer - Sounds like a group has that covered - Hash House Harriers  !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!

    The fact that many ultras serve beer afterward must be because of some kindof demand for it??

    I would guess that the distribution of ultra runners abusing alchohol is about the same as the rest of the USA -

  • salad1 Rookie 49 posts since
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    36. Jul 10, 2007 5:26 PM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    i had my first 50 mile week ever this year... my wife praised me for at last running as many miles in a week as I had consumed sierra nevadas...


    by the way, since sierra has gone to pry-offs ive lost the calluses on my left thumb.

  • Sherpa John Rookie 367 posts since
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    37. Jul 10, 2007 5:37 PM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    McNaughton Park 100... The Running Buffalo aid station had a mini keg of Coors Light.. that was Great at Miles 49,50, 59, 60, 69, 70....

    And just recently at the Pittsfield Peaks Ultra... the Slovakians had Urquel Pilsner at their aid station (Mile 34) and it was amazinglin refreshing...

    And then later in the same race at the Sable aid station (Mile get me the hell outta here) I enjoyed some Long Trail Ale... and then 2 more cups of that at the Finish Line...

    ::burb::

  • Stagger Lee Rookie 27 posts since
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    38. Dec 27, 2007 1:31 AM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    I'm comfortable with knocking back 4 - 6 12oz beers each night.  I train, I eat, I drink and sometimes I sleep.  I'll go easy before a long run or none at all pre-race night, but otherwise I think of beer as another food group and think little of slamming down a whey shake with a beer chaser.  (4:1, carb : protein)    !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!

    Some observations on over indulgences : decreased heat tolerance, irratable bowel, HR limits seem to decrease.

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  • bulkington Rookie 5 posts since
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    39. Jul 16, 2007 4:45 PM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    quote:


    Originally posted by dfcameron:

    Actually I know a few former alcoholics or whatever they'd call themselves that traded one over-indulgence for another (ultrarunning).


     



    I think that touches on an important point. I haven't personally met or seen any ultrarunners who drink excessively, but as an ultrarunner and an ex-drunk, I see the relationship. I doubt there are very many ultrarunners who couldn't name several acquaintances who are compulsive about running to the degree that the word "addiction" comes to mind. It's not to say that ultrarunners are all compulsive running addicts, but that within the running community, I think ultras probably attract addictive personalities at a pretty high rate. And with groups like hashers around, it'd be easy for someone to be disordered in two activities at once.

    In my experience, moderation is a relative term. The quantity a person drinks doesn't always determine whether or not they are alcoholic. If someone knocks back 36 ounces of beer after a six hour run in the heat, I don't assume anything about a drinking problem. More telling to me is the pattern of their drinking, the degree to which their lives might be arranged around drinking, and how disruptive it is for that person to not drink.

    Rephrase your question: Is it okay to have three or four beers? For some people, yes; for others, no.

  • upheeler Rookie 19 posts since
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    40. Jul 17, 2007 8:30 AM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    Bulkington,,,nicely put. I think it's all about addictive tendencies, whether running or drinking. It's not the amount, it's how much you choreograph your life (without regard to others) to support your habit.

  • edbill069 Rookie 6 posts since
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    41. Jul 17, 2007 9:35 AM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    ahem......My name is Bill and I'm an Ultra runner...I love the idea that we can have our RA meetings out on the trails...and enjoy the fresh air and cameraderie of a social group..

    Funny but I can't think fo a single one of my ultra buddies who embibe in more than one or two...and that's only after a big race...maybe one the night before a hunrun to settle the nerves...

    me I'm a reformed guzzler of anything fermented or distilled or smokable for that matter...and have to stay away..I envy those who can have that one drink or one cigarette or whatever...since I still like the taste of beer....Odouls is my fave and does the trick as long as I don't have more that 2...I get bloated and thick in the head....

  • upheeler Rookie 19 posts since
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    42. Jul 17, 2007 11:45 AM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    (All together now)  Hiiiiiiiiiii Bill.

  • RunForFun001 Pro 626 posts since
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    43. Jul 18, 2007 11:29 AM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    Hiiiii Bill - I am Mikey "The Pig" and recoverying from everything that I have deemed evil.  The only reason I am in control of alchohol is because it interferes with my addiction to running. 

    So the question I have is how many ultra runners DON"T have an excessive cumpulsive or addictive personality?

    If 1 mile is good isn't 50 better and 100 even better?

  • 2slow4u Rookie 34 posts since
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    44. Jul 18, 2007 12:29 PM (in response to snailrunner080)
    Re: ultrarunning and alcohol

    I'm in the "addictive personality" group.  I've dipped tobacco for over 25 years (yeah, gross), and I've struggled with alchohol in the past.  I just thank the good Lord I never tried drugs.  I feel pretty certain I would be dead or in jail if I had.

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