Three Short Cut Runners Should Avoid by Alex Hutchinson

The Shortcut: Reactive Recovery

It's easy to take painkillers to block training-related aches, but this habit doesn't address the muscle weaknesses that may be causing your pain. Other recovery tools like compression garments and ice baths may have benefits, but they're still just short-term Band-Aids.

The Shortcut: Training Supplements

In theory, taking a multivitamin or a dietary supplement targeted at athletes as a form of “insurance” makes sense—after all, no one eats perfectly all the time. But there's scant evidence that these supplements actually boost health or performance, and some studies have found that large doses of antioxidant supplements like vitamin C can interfere with muscle recovery and endurance gains during training.

The Shortcut: Energy Boosters

There's no doubt that caffeine is an effective performance-enhancer, not to mention an essential part of day-to-day life for many runners. But there's a subtle distinction to bear in mind: Caffeine helps to mask the feeling of fatigue, but it doesn't actually make you any more rested.



Never trust a fart after mile 5…

I had always heard of the poor souls who have had the misfortune of having their stomach becoming angry while running a half marathon. But on November 9th at the Rock N Roll Marathon I witnessed this catastrophe in person.

As we were rounding through mile 7 I quickly noticed an odd smell that was coming down wind in front of me. I quickly saw a 40 something year old woman who looked to be struggling a bit with her strides. I was caught off guard from what I saw next. I noticed a brown ooze down her leg but what was worse was the brown stains from the top of the back of her shorts to the front of her shorts. I truly felt bad for the lady. She was trying to tough it out as best as she could but we were still staring down 6 more miles. Bless her heart.

It’s always best to make certain you eat the proper foods the night before and if you are going to try any gels make certain you do prior to the actual event. Oh yeah, make sure you know where all porta-potties are located.