The Pain Of Running After Taking Alcoholic Drink
If you’ve ever tried running with a hangover you’ll know it isn’t that much fun.
When I go out for a weekend drink I promise myself that I will run the next day and I keep up with this delusion until my 4th or 5th drink, only then will I submit to the fact there’s little chance of any exercise happening in the morning.
When I’ve consumed so many drinks it’s likely that I’ll spend most of my time in bed for the majority of the weekend. Even if I do get out for a hangover run it always proves to be a strain in the following ways.
- I feel ill on the run – Sometimes it’s just nausea but other times I’ll have a bad case of the shits. It’s difficult to put in your best performance as a runner if you’re struggling to keep control of your basic bodily functions.
- I feel hopeless – When I drink to excess I also eat junk food. If I think about how many miles I’ve to run to burn all of the excess calories off I become disheartened and start to think that my exercise regime is pretty futile.
- I ‘reward’ myself with an alcoholic drink – On most Saturdays I’ll drink immediately after a run to ‘reward’ myself for all of my hard work. After a few hours I’ll lose control of myself and I’ll spend most of Sunday hungover too.
- No flow – I never find my flow because I’m too busy cringing about all of the stupid shit I got up to. This means that even short runs seem to take hours on end as I’m constantly recoiling in horror at my own stupidity.
- No progress – This ties in with rewarding myself with drinks. When I eat and drink too much I stop making any progress with my fitness. In fact it could be argued that my fitness suffers as a result. If running seems to be too difficult then I simply won’t want to do it.
As runners we tend to joke about our relationship to alcohol. Some people even admit that they only run so that they can drink. I’m starting to think it isn’t a laughing matter. What’s the fucking point in deliberately destroying our progress and peace of mind with what is effectively a powerful drug?
If only I could quit alcohol for good at some point then I could begin to make some serious progress with my health and my fitness.
Until then it feels like I’ll remain a slave to the bottle and this really sucks. I want to be a free man.