Mind, Body and Sole: 19 April - Women's Running UK

Mind, Body and Sole: 19 April

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  April 26, 2016

Your questions to GP Juliet McGrattan this week:

Mind: Rough running

Is it OK to try to run off a hangover? I am not a big drinker but feel pretty rough after a couple of glasses of wine – usually I skip the running. Could it actually help?

Sadly you can’t ‘sweat out’ a hangover. Whether you run really depends on how much you’ve drunk and how you feel. A run might help by making you feel a bit clearer in the head but if you were drunk and wake up feeling awful then it’s wise to miss it. Alcohol causes dehydration and interferes with blood sugar levels, making running risky. Your body is also slower at clearing lactic acid so you’ll feel weaker and tire more easily. If you do run then hydrate as much as possible beforehand and take it slowly.

Assorted wines in glasses, close-up

Body: Racing heart

I am trying to improve my speed and I’m pushing myself quite hard on my runs. Quite often my heart is beating fairly fast at the end of a run. Once or twice I’ve had palpitations. Is this safe?

When you increase your speed and therefore effort your heart has to beat faster to speed up the supply of oxygen to your muscles. It will then naturally increase if you’re pushing hard and this is safe. Some people say they have palpitations if they are just aware of their heart beating hard in their chest. Others use the term to describe an excessively fast or irregular beat. If you mean the latter then you should see your GP for an assessment, particularly if the palpitations last for more than a few seconds or you feel unwell, dizzy or have any chest pain during them.

attractive blond woman taking her pulse

Sole: Bubble trouble 

I get awful blisters as soon as I increase my mileage for marathon training. What’s the best way to treat them?

People have different views on how to treat blisters – I’m in the don’t-burst-them camp. The fluid that builds up just under the skin protects the delicate area underneath and prevents it from being exposed and open to infection. Keep your feet as clean as possible and cover any blisters to cushion them. The fluid will be reabsorbed by your body in a few days. If a blister does burst, let the fluid drain out but do not pull off the loose skin. Soak your foot in salty water, dry it and cover the wound with a dressing or a blister patch. If there is green pus in the blister or the surrounding skin becomes red and angry, it may be infected, so see your GP. Avoidance is the key: it’s worth shelling out for good running socks and shoes that fit properly.

girl with adhesive plasters on the blisters on her

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