1,000 days of beer and running

With ultra runner Dean Karnazes at a trail race in September

One thousand days ago, I started running and drinking beer every day. Feels like yesterday.

It started as a goal to complete exactly one year of this streak for the last year of my 20s. Now it’s become second nature.

I marked the occasion by running 14 miles with Team Challenge, the group that I’ve coached for five seasons. Next up? Beer with friends visiting from out of town.

A HUGE THANK YOU to DRAFT Magazine for celebrating my 1,000th day  and all their support, especially the opportunity to start this blog to being with nearly 5 years ago.

Here are some of the highlights from the first 1,000 days:

Miles covered 5,040

Beers consumed 1,850

Unique beers consumed 712

Beer most commonly consumed Lakefront Brewery’s IPA (35 times)

Second most commonly consumed beer Lakefront’s Fixed Gear (23 times)

OK, anything else besides Lakefront in the Top 10? Ale Asylum’s Ambergeddon comes in third (22 times)

Beer for my 1,000 day Lagunitas Maximus (and probably others TBD)

The hardest part Getting dressed and out the door

Biggest threat The flu/norovirus

Advice Run and drink socially. The presence of others will make both activities much more enjoyable.

My mileage and fitness levels are down from a year ago, when I felt like I was in the best shape of my life. It’s been a challenge these last six months to balance new career responsibilities and family life, my first semesters of teaching and taking classes toward my MBA.

Still, this daily routine adds some stability to my life. Running every day — even if it’s not many miles — has been a proven stress reliever and kept me in reasonably decent shape. Beer is something I always look forward to as a reward after homework. (Note: I’ve found that beer before math usually isn’t a good idea.)

In a lot of ways, Day 1,000 feels like any other day. On to the next 1K.

Posted on Saturday, June 29th, 2013