Running with a hangover

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 19/12/2013

You know how sometimes, especially at this time of the year, the wine flows too freely?

Well, last Saturday night we had our work Christmas party and one wine turned into two and that turned into three and, well, you get the idea.

Despite leaving before midnight, I woke up hungover. 

I had planned to do a 10km-ish run with two friends up Harry Ell then along the Crater Rim Track through to Victoria Park. The mere thought of it made me want to stay in bed.

Thankfully, we'd agreed to meet at 1pm so I had plenty of time to load up on water, eat a substantial amount of food (eggs benedict included) and rest.

Sarah, Fi and I set out. I mainly listened to their conversation as inwardly I cursed my lack of saying "no" to that final drink. When we stopped at a water fountain I took a long drink (really I just wanted a break). By the time we had reached the top of Harry Ell I told them I needed a break.

My head was pounding. My legs were aching and my breathing was laboured.

"I'm hungover," I blurted out to them. "Sorry for being so slow."

They were both understanding of my predicament, but I was in too far to back out. We continued on and somewhere around the 5km mark I hit my stride. Suddenly, the hangover started lifting, the legs kicked up a gear and life was that little bit brighter.

By the 9km mark I was grinning. I was a different person than the one who had started the run and I thank goodness I had made the commitment to meet my friends as it had forced me to get out.

By the 10km mark my hangover was cured.

My top tips for running hungover (if you've overindulged):

1. Drink plenty of fluids pre-run, during and post-run.

2. Eat.

3. Don't push yourself too hard - go slow and steady and try to enjoy the run.

4. Don't go too early - push your run back to later if you need to.

5. If you're really in a terrible way, then maybe just walk or skip it altogether.

Have you ever run hungover? If so, what are your top tips? (other than not drinking, which is the obvious way of avoiding this situation). Do you have a fail proof hangover cure? If so, what is it? E-mail me on rachel.young@press.co.nz, follow me on Twitter or comment below.

- The Press

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