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Breaking: Beer is good for runners

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Maybe it’s not breaking news to you, but it is for some.

Drink Up: Beer does a body good / Flickr photo by a tai

Active.com recently published an article posing the question, “Can Beer Improve Your Run Time?”

Well, of course it can. There’s just one thing I want to add to that.

Hey, Active.com, get off my $#&@*!! turf!!

Juuuuust kidding. I completely support the Beer Runner gospel getting out to the biggest audience as possible, and the Active.com article surely did that with more than 3,000 “likes” on the article as of blog press time.

“It’s not unusual to find runners who are also avid beer drinkers,” the article states. “And it turns out, all their beer drinking may just help their athletic performance.”

As I tweeted in response to a link from Cool Running yesterday, no, I am not surprised that beer and running mix. I’m the Beer Runner. It’s what I do.

To its credit, Active cited a 2009 study entitled “Beer, Marathon, Genetics, Inflammation and the Cardiovascular System” that I missed, though it sort of feels like deja vu.

In summary, the study found that athletes who drank wheat beer after exercise had a stronger immune system and shorter and fewer colds than those who drank an alcohol-free placebo.

“Don’t stress about throwing back a few beers,” the article concluded. That’s not a problem.

I think we can all draw the conclusion from this study that beer with running is backed by science. Thank you, Active.com. I truly appreciate it.

Now get off my $#&@*!! turf!!


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.


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  • Timmy says:

    Someone is very full of themselves.

  • will says:

    somewhat conversely, for me running is good for my beer habit. i tend to drink more responsibly because running and hangovers are not a good pairing.

  • The Beer Runner says:

    Great to hear that, Will. Are you training for anything right now? And Timmy my man, it must not have translated in the writing, but I was totally kidding!

  • Alan says:

    I’m curious to see the actual study. The conclusion in the Active article – that it’s okay to throw back a few beers during training – doesn’t match up with the study – that drinking non-alcoholic beer has beneficial effects. From personal experience, great craft beer (the ones with alcohol) and running certainly do mix just fine. And like will, running is most excellent for my beer habit.

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