365 days of beer and running

I came. I ran. I drank beer.

Before my last birthday Jim suggested I try a beer and running streak for the next year. Since then I’ve run my fastest 5K since high school, finished a 6:28 beer mile, ran to and from breweries, completed my longest run ever of 30 miles and compiled almost 1,800 total miles. But that wasn’t the only thing that made these 365 days ones to remember.

During that time I’ve also enjoyed more than 700 beers of all different varieties, met and bonded with friends over beer and running, and heard from others who started their own ongoing beer running streaks.

If there was ever any question that beer and running belong together, this year has erased any doubt. It’s shown me time and again that balance can be achieved while doing what you love to do every day. I’ve never felt better.

Tonight I’ll have a birthday dinner with my wife, hang out with my daughter and drink a Second Wind by Mother Earth Brewing, thanks to Brian. I’ll relax, take a deep breath and start the next decade of beer and running.

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2011