For some athletes, post workouts include protein bars, protein shakes, recovery drinks, chocolate milk, ect.
For some runners, post workouts include a nice bowl pack of WEED.
According to the Wall Street Journal, ultramarathoners are seeking marijuana after running.
Ultramarathon races are far longer and more intense than a 26.2-mile marathon. Ultramarathons are anywhere between 30 to 200 miles long and feature mountainous, rocky trails. In some cases, runners will run up hill for 24 hours straight. Consequently, these runners experience unbearable muscles pain and joint aches.
So how do these runners do it? Runners are saying the weed goes a long way.
“The person who is going to win an ultra is someone who can manage their pain, not puke and stay calm,” said veteran runner Jenn Shelton. “Pot does all three of those things.”
Dr. Lynn Webster, founder of the Lifetree Pain Clinic in Salt Lake City, found that weed blocks the physical input of pain. For cancer patients, the drug has been proven to treat nausea side effects from chemotherapy .
“If you can find the right level, [marijuana] takes the stress out of running,” says Avery Collins, a 22-year-old professional ultramarathoner.
Kevin Helliker compares ultramarathoners to energizer bunnies. Marijuana is what turns them off at night.
In the article, a runner points out that she uses marijuana for training purposes only, not for competing. She doesn’t compete with the drug because she believes it enhances performance.
Marijuana is a common topic covered in endurance-running blogs. Groups are debating on whether marijuana improves performance because of its ability to block pain.
The drug is now legal is 23 states. For ultrarunnners, is the use of marijuana unethical?
Debate, to be continued…