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Stop Popping Those Pain Pills!

Stop With The Pain Meds!

If you’re considering popping pain pills to prevent running pain, you’d better think twice–and continue reading this first.

Swallowing an over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen, before a race might seem like a good way to prevent some pain, but it’s actually quite dangerous. A study out of the Netherlands found increased trauma in the intestines, and research on runners at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run revealed colon issues and increased inflammation—pretty much the opposite of what you might want!

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Team WR represents the Women's Running staff and community behind the magazine and womensrunning.com. The team was created in July 2014 when Women's Running underwent its first re-design since it debuted in 2009. Collectively, Team WR has run everything, from marathon, to half, to novelty runs, to ultras, to 10K and 5K races, to obstacle events, to triathlons.