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You know, athletes don't just use steroids as performance enhancers; that wouldn't be any fun. The Guardian UK takes a look at some of the more unusual tricks of the trade for runners and other athletes, including compression socks, cashew nuts and porridge.

"Cashew nuts are my little secret," [runner Kelly Holmes] said, adding that they helped to boost her powers of recovery so she was fully primed for her next race. Fun fact: Sally Gunnell was her nut dealer.

We expect a full Mike Lupica expose on the nut trade this Sunday.

This One Will Help Me Run [Guardian UK]