Search This Blog

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Will Run for Beer

Chicago Marathon is a great race for a number of reasons. The city is simply awesome. The course is flat and fast. Close to 1 Million spectators come out and cheer. And what was a big surprise for me last year, after you finish and receive your medal, you can enjoy a glass of chilled beer. Its bitter taste is such a welcome change after over-saturated sweetness of energy bars, sports drinks and power gels. But why beer you might ask? Well, majority of runners have long suspected that running and beer went hand in hand. Drinking beer after a run was simply a very enjoyable way of "carbo-loading".  And now there is a solid proof that wheat beer offers additional health benefits. 

Runner’s World recently published a study from Munich University that demonstrated that moderate drinking of beer helps prevent colds. Beer includes polyphenols from brewing grains. Polyphenols are known to improve immune system and prevent inflammation:

"it was shown that non-alcoholic wheat beer containing polyphenols has a positive, health promoting effect on the human body: inflammation parameters in the blood were significantly reduced, and there was a lower frequency of infection with milder symptoms."

Recommendation for runners: drink a moderate amount or regular or non-alcoholic beer per day! 

And for those occasions when we need to drive or stay alert, non-alcoholic beer is a better option. It may be a little challenging to find one, but a friend of mine found a German non-alcoholic wheat beer, Erdinger.  It is carried by Legacy Liquor Store in the Olympic Village. 

BTW. Many runners from Alma are planning a trip to Berlin next fall. Not surprisingly, a glass of beer is offered to finishers of Berlin Marathon as well. Watch how Haile Gebrselassie, who won the race in 2009, enjoyed a super-sized glass of Erdinger. 


Drink responsibly! Run Strong!
RPB

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October Marathons

It was a very busy Thanksgiving weekend for the Alma group. Noah, Christine, Helen, Andy and I traveled together to Victoria were many runners from our running community took advantage of a perfect sunny day and set new personal records. It was very exciting to see Sid finishing his first marathon under 3:30!! Great job, Sid!

I compiled results of some of you I know were running in Victoria and Chicago. Results on Chicago Marathon website provide no indication if the posted times are based on Gun Time or Chip Time, I assumed the latter. Glenda's time will be posted once Lake Garda Marathon results are available online. Allison is running Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco next weekend and her result will be added later.

Victoria Half-Marathon
Name
Age Group
Age Group Place
Time
Helen Mackie
F40-44
21/416
1:40:20
Noah Wallace
M40-44
6/231
1:19:27
Andy McIntosh
M40-44
37/231
1:35:36
Christine Lang
F30-34
132/438
1:55:51
Emma Keely
F25-29
132/491
1:54:12
Suzanne Pearce
F45-49
233/388
2:19:04
Corinne Norbraten
F50-54
119/320
2:13:09
Jacek Gorwa
M45-49
6/234
1:21:27

Victoria Full-Marathon
Name
Age Group
Age Group Place
Time
S Bastien Renaut
M30-34
22/100
3:16:20
Sid Hosseni
M40-44
35/139
3:26:31
Vicki Mann
F40-44
19/122
3:44:36
Brian Uliana
M40-44
42/139
3:34:43
Ken Hamilton
M55-59
52/80
4:24:55
David Pearce
M50-54
73/114
4:16:43
Christine Papau
F30-34
22/98
3:45:37

Chicago Marathon
Name
Age Group
Age Group Place
Time
Saleema Erickson
F40-44
961/2158
4:42:22
Chris Erickson
M45-49
74/2439
3:07:30
Janet Scott
F50-54
33/782
3:48:03

Update on October 23, 2011
Allison finished San Francisco Nike Women's Marathon in 4:15! A respectable time considering a very hilly course.
Glenda came back from Italy and joined us for a Sunday morning run wearing very cool looking black compression socks! Finished scenic but windy race in Lake Garda in 3:46!

Madlene, Wayne and Jacek are tapering and getting ready for a race in New York in two weeks.
Andy and Paul are still on target for a race in Sacramento in early December.

Congratulations! Run Strong!
RPB

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Diet: 24-hours Before Race



Even though hard training for marathons in October is practically over and most of us are tapering, there are still things we can do to improve performance come race day. One of those things is diet.  It’s especially important what you eat a day before marathon.  Paul and I religiously followed a diet from Jeff Galloway’s book a day before Eugene Marathon on May 1st.Yes, the number of energy bars raised eyebrows, but the diet worked for us. Here you go:

Day Before Marathon
9:00 AM
Cereal or bagel with low fat cream cheese, coffee or tea. Drink 8 ounces of water or orange juice or a sports drink
10:30 AM
An energy bar or whole grain bagel or baked potato with nonfat coleslaw. Drink 8 ounces of water or sports drink
12:00 Noon
A grilled chicken sandwich or sliced turkey breast on whole grain bread, steamed broccoli or spinach salad. Drink 8 ounces of water or sports drink
1:30-2:00 PM
An energy bar or cereal or a baked potato with non-fat sour cream. Drink 8 ounces of water or sports drink
3:30-4:00 PM
A grilled chicken sandwich or turkey breast burrito with pinto beans and sliced tomatoes; an energy bar. Drink 8 ounces of water or sports drink
5:30-6:00 PM
A baked potato with non-fat sour cream or brown rice with steamed broccoli; an energy bar, if hungry. Drink 8 ounces of water
7:00-7:30 PM
An energy bar. Drink 8 ounces of water
9:00 PM
An energy bar. Drink 8 ounces of water

Marathon Morning

5:00 AM
Wake up. Drink 8 ounces of water
6:00 AM
An energy bar and a cup of coffee. Drink 8 ounces of water
6:30 AM
Drink 4 to 8 ounces of water, if there’s no sloshing in the stomach
7:00 AM
Start race


Good luck on Sunday. Run Strong!
RPB
There was an error in this gadget

Popular Posts