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123 days of beer and running


I made it past more than a third of the way to my goal of 365 days of beer and running. Barely.

A track record for beer running

A track record for beer running

I completed the toughest few runs since I started four months ago. One of them was a 16 miler in slushy, hilly rural Wisconsin roads that was supposed to be a 18 miler. I forgot gels and just ran out of gas.

The other was a mere 3 miles in one of the worst blizzards ever in Wisconsin. Running through drifts and blistering wind was exhausting. I was so spent afterward I could barely crawl into bed.

The upside to all that snow? Natural beer refrigeration.

This month I also completed my first ever indoor marathon relay with my co-worker Brian and his fiance Laura. I had no idea what to expect heading into the race, and I ended up doing 11.5 miles of the hardest speedwork I’ve done in a long, long time. I was sore for days afterward.

I also kept plugging away at training for my first 50K at the end of March in Chicago. This led to the highest running mileage month I’ve had since I joined DailyMile, putting in 152 miles for the month of January. Onward and upward.

I wouldn’t have survived all that if it wasn’t for beer. There is no doubt in my mind.

One of my strategies during the Packers playoff run is to drink ONLY beer from Wisconsin during games, and so far it’s worked. On Sunday I’ll again be drinking the excellent beer from Hinterland in Green Bay, the same beer our president will be enjoying.

As a matter of fact, I think I’ll start Super Bowl weekend a little early with a Wisconsin-brewed Sprecher Pipers Scotch-Style Ale. Cheers, everyone and go Packers!


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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  • krittabug says:

    Oh man, I was sore for days after the relay, too! You’re right — that was definitely some of the hardest speed work I’ve ever done. I did 8.5 miles that day. Wicked fast (for me). High five for killing it with your mileage!!

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