Pain pills can have negative side effects–especially on runners. Think twice before popping pills before your next long run.
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!