So with the Suntrust Richmond Marathon happening tomorrow in town I thought I would write about wine and running. Obviously wine right before or during running serves no benefit and can actually be harmful to your body, but why would you want to reach for a bottle of wine during a race anyway.
There can in fact be some positive affects of wine on the cardiovascular system. Resveratrol (a compound found in wine) has been in the news a lot lately, mostly for its health benefits of reduced risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, etc.. But in the same studies on mice and rats, Resveratrol was seen to give the animals increased endurance while running on a treadmill. So could drinking wine give you edge need to wine the race? Probably not, but having a glass or two the night before a race will most likely not hurt your performance. One exception though is if you are running a marathon or other extra long race. This is because wine and other alcoholic beverages has a natural diuretic effect and may cause pre-mature dehydration during a long race.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL RUNNERS IN THE SUNTRUST RICHMOND MARATHON AND NTELOS 8K THIS SATURDAY IN RICHMOND. I WILL SEE YOU ON THE COURSE – I AM A MARSHALL AT THE 41st and FOREST HILL INTERSECTION.
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