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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

running winos

I ran across this article as I was searching for information about training for a half marathon. Yes. You heard me. I'm thinking about training for a half marathon....then a marathon. We'll see. I'm sure the itch will pass.....but....who knows?

Anyway...the article....

There are few sights more peculiar than a parade of 8,000 costumed marathoners sipping wine as they run 26.2 miles. But that's exactly what happens each September at the Medoc Marathon in Bordeaux, where the course winds through 59 of France's most prized vineyards and elegant châteaus. Its aid stations eschew sports drinks and instead offer up such local refreshments as Lafite Rothschild and pâté. Winners take home their weight in grand crus.

I've been training for that kind of marathon for a while now. :-)

And then....(emphasis mine)

While there aren't any U.S. marathons serving fine wines on the course, American runners aren't immune to the pleasures of the ancient grape. In fact, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), serious recreational runners drink more alcohol than their sedentary counterparts. Even Olympian Deena Kastor enjoys a glass of red the night before big races--including her bronze-medal run in Athens last summer. This despite the fact that the ACSM also says that drinking alcohol before engaging in sports decreases strength, power, speed, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular endurance.

So, I'm normal then. Heh.


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