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365 days of beer and running

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Maybe I’m having an early midlife crisis.

I recently decided that for the last year of my 20s, I should probably do something epic. I didn’t know what that should be, so I asked for suggestions on my DailyMileFacebook and Twitter profiles.

I heard a variety of ideas, from entering the Hood To Coast relay to running 29 marathons to doing a 50K race. They all sounded appealing, but my birthday was coming up fast, and I had to decide on something.

In the end I went with Jim‘s suggestion to start a run streak and drink a beer each day. This was straightforward and required the least amount of planning and financial commitment. It also leaves the door open for a marathon, ultra or something else special during the course of the year.

I jumped in and got started right away, beginning with mile repeats on the track and Abita Save Our Shore afterward. My 365 day journey was off and running. And drinking.

So why am I doing this? The past year has been so insane, I needed something to follow it. My daughter arrived, our house was flooded, and our house was saved. I feel like I need a victory lap of sorts for surviving.

People have asked me if I have any parameters for the streak. The answer is, not really. As long as I run a mile a day, I’ll be happy. So far I’ve run between 3 and 11 miles on each of my first nine days into the streak.

I can’t say that I feel too much different from when I started a week and a half ago. The biggest thing is it takes away your excuses. Whereas before I would just take a day off if I was feeling lazy, that’s no longer an option. It forces you to be accountable.

Are there any beers I need to make sure to try or race I should check out in the next 365 days? I have 356 days to go, and I’m open to all suggestions.

 

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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] draftmag.com.

365 days of beer and running

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1 day down, 364 to go

Maybe I’m having an early midlife crisis.

I recently decided that for the last year of my 20s, I should probably do something epic. I didn’t know what that should be, so I asked for suggestions on my DailyMile, Facebook and Twitter profiles.

I heard a variety of ideas, from entering the Hood To Coast relay to running 29 marathons to doing a 50K race. They all sounded appealing, but my birthday was coming up fast, and I had to decide on something.

In the end I went with Jim‘s suggestion to start a run streak and drink a beer each day. This was straightforward and required the least amount of planning and financial commitment. It also leaves the door open for a marathon, ultra or something else special during the course of the year.

I jumped in and got started right away, beginning with mile repeats on the track and Abita Save Our Shore afterward. My 365 day journey was off and running. And drinking.

So why am I doing this? The past year has been so insane, I needed something to follow it. My daughter arrived, our house was flooded, and our house was saved. I feel like I need a victory lap of sorts for surviving.

People have asked me if I have any parameters for the streak. The answer is, not really. As long as I run a mile a day, I’ll be happy. So far I’ve run between 3 and 11 miles on each of my first nine days into the streak.

I can’t say that I feel too much different from when I started a week and a half ago. The biggest thing is it takes away your excuses. Whereas before I would just take a day off if I was feeling lazy, that’s no longer an option. It forces you to be accountable.

Are there any beers I need to make sure to try or race I should check out in the next 365 days? I have 356 days to go, and I’m open to all suggestions.

 

Author
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] draftmag.com.

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6 Comments

  • Mike Collins says:

    I love this idea. I’ll enjoy following your progress and I hope you have time to, once per day, drop a quick note on your run and the beer you followed it up with. Then, when you’re done, I’ll try all of the same beers in my next 365 days.

  • My Last Pint says:

    Inspiring idea. I’ll do it. Ok, my inspiration may end after tonight, but I will try.

    Suggestions: TX beer. We got more and more of it coming out in the next year.

    Aaron
    mylastpint.com

  • Eric Lightbody says:

    This is such a great idea. My 29th birthday is approaching fast and I might just have to do something similar. Thank you for the inspiration. Are.you logging your journey on daily mile?

  • bjahns says:

    riverwest stein, guinness, strongbow, sprecher ipa^2 and dopplebock, rouge dead guy ale, victory brewery golden monkey, gulden draak, ale asylum ballistic ipa, new glarus black wheat, south shore alt, anything from bull falls brewery (wausau, wi), i’m not sure if they export it anymore, but Frankenheim Alt (probably the best beer i’ve ever had).

    Good luck with the 365 man!

  • The Beer Runner says:

    Thanks, everyone. I am definitely logging the miles on DailyMile, but don’t have a dedicated spot yet to chronicle the beers. I’m thinking of Hop Chart, unless someone has a better suggestion. So far I’ve just been posting them on Twitter each night with the hashtag #firstbeer, #secondbeer, etc.

  • Aimee Spencer says:

    This is sooo cool. I want to follow your progress, too. I’m going to join DailyMile today. All the best to you and your family!

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