Our expert says:
Sorry for the delay in answering this question.
Please note that many of these questions need to be directed to other experts. Let me go through the questions:
1) Chat to Cyberdoc - however, what I can add, is taking anti-inflammatories (AI) during your training runs or races, is ill-advised for several reasons; one being that you reduce blood flow to the kidneys. Since blood flow is already diverted substantially in an ultra - you stand the risk of organ failure due to taking AI's - so please all be extremely careful about this.
2. Chat to Cyberdoc.
3. Chat to Dietdoc and Cyberdoc - however, from what I know, stick to the required amounts of Vitamin C, since I think what you say is false.
4. Slow-mag only helps if you are magnesium deficient - which few of us are. Most sports doctors consider cramping to be a neuromuscular problem that can best be aided by stretching the cramping muscle (whilst it is cramping and daily as part of a programme).
5. Chat to Dietdoc for women's dietary requirements, which are pretty individualised anyway. i.e the best bet would be for each runner to have an individualised dietary consultation.
I hope this all helps. I am a Comrades runner and know the stresses and strains on the body!
Good luck with all your training and with the race! It's an awesome experience.
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