November 17 2017
Five years after admitting defeat during a high school race, this runner reflects on her eating disorder recovery.
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!