Alcohol and Athletes

Morning!

I’m pretty beat. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my ultra long days, and from running at 5 in the morning yesterday to training until dark, I was one tired chica. Today, however, I only have to attend one of my part time gigs (Hi, BIC 🙂 ) and then I’m doing something I haven’t been able to do since I broke up with my gym. I’m excited, and I’ll write more about it after the class (any guesses?)

The other day, (Labor Day) the husband suggested we cook out. You all know I love grilling out, but the only thing I had to grill out was a chick’n boca burger, and that just didn’t sound good. What’s a girl to do?

Well, if you read Mama Pea’s blog, you may know the answer to this question…

 

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Cheezeburgers!

Guys. If you are looking for a good veggie burger recipe, this is it. I took one bite, and told Shane, “I don’t think I should be eating this…I’m vegetarian!” It’s been about a year since I’ve had a real burger, but this tasted SO burger-like. It was almost eerie. But a delicious eerie 😉

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With it, roasted okra + sourdough garlic bread.

 

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A perfect late summer’s meal.

Pre-dinner, we lined our stomach with homemade pico and guac w/ some tortilla chips

 

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Alcohol and Athletics

I don’t keep it a secret on the blog that I enjoy a few cocktails from time to time…

 

Sometmes beer

 

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Mostly wine

 

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Every now and then, a mixed drink with a girlfriend.

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But gone are the days in my unhealthy ways when I would drink to the point of extreme drunkenness. I just don’t care for the feeling the day afterward…or really the feeling that night anymore for that matter!

Being an athlete, (sure, I’ll consider myself an athlete) there are several things to consider in regards to partaking in the occasional adult beverage or two. After each workout, the body needs to recover. When one drinks several alcoholic beverages per week, it’s inevitably factored into muscle repair and recovery.

Consider this:

  • Drinking alcohol, especially when it carries into the late night, disrupts sleep. Sleep in key in workout recovery.
  • Alcohol is absorbed directly from the stomach into the bloodstream within 5 minutes after consumption.
  • Although alcohol is a fluid, it’s also a diuretic. The more you consume, the more fluids you lose. Have at least one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you drink.

After those three points considered, if you still drink to the point of having a hangover, here are a few points to consider about hangovers:

  • Hangovers are mostly due to dehydration and loss of electrolytes.
  • To lessen the hangover’s effects, drink water and beverages with sodium – gatorade, broth, soup.
  • Hangovers generally take 12 hours (or more) to pass.

 

So do you have to abstain from alcohol completely for your body to recover during training? No! Is your body going to recover and repair more quickly when drinks are not consumed in excess? Heck yes!

With that said, cheers to moderation, solid recovery, and fun!

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Have a lovely day, friends!

 

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13 Responses

  1. I hear ya! Definitely can’t and don’t (usually) drink like I did in college!! Mad hangovers are no fun.

  2. I want to make those “burger” now, yummy!
    I was never a drinker, maybe a margarita every once in a while, but understand how it could affect the running/athletes process.
    Water is my friend! Although being pregnant right now I crave a pina colada, weird:)

  3. I think it’s stupid to drink just to get drunk. I don’t drink like I did when I first started college, but I still allow myself to have a beer when I want one-usually once a week. And my boyfriend likes to pick on me because I never finish one! I only drink about 3/4 of it and I don’t want anymore. Water will always be my number one drink 😉

  4. he he he… I totally agree with you on the alcohol points. It definitely disrupts the scheduled routine if you have one… (ahem- today’s morning workout…)

  5. Hangovers are the worst, I just can’t handle them. Great info!

  6. Great post. I know that I need to work on drinking in moderation on the weekends. It has been so hard with so many events lately.

    I must try those burgers!

  7. I have been wanting to make that burger, your looks great! I really need to make a point to making it now! I enjoy a few drinks from time to time too. :0 Just hate how some see it as so taboo. Moderation is key and ales and bloody marys are yummy 😉

  8. I agree – when I was marathon training, I just couldn’t go out and drink much at all. 1 – because I always needed to run the next morning. 2 – because it would effect me for days!! Now that I’ve gotten more relaxed with the stress of running, I definitely go out and drink more. But I’ve noticed how much more hungover I feel the next day if I drink on a day that I ran! My body just didn’t get the rest it deserved!

  9. great post!

    my hubby teases me about my newfound fear of alcohol. But in the midst of marathon training I have no desire to have more than a beer everyonce in awhile

  10. I definitely don’t drink like I used to, but I don’t really miss it. A glass of wine or a cold beer with dinner is much more enjoyable than that sick feeling of too much alcohol in the system.

    Your burgers look yummy. I love making my own veggie burgers. I’m heading over to Mama Pea’s blog now!

  11. I don’t drink like I did in college (except for the wedding that I went to this past weekend)….I don’t like the feeling the next day. And since I’ve gotten older, I cannot sleep if I drink too much. Gone are the days where you would lie down and sleep until noon. 🙂

  12. Oooh I’ll have to try those burgers! They look awesome.

    I agree about the alch. I def don’t drink like I used to in college. I won’t hesitate to have a glass of wine (haha, just finished one) but other than that I try not to go too crazy unless it is a special occasion.

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