The summer of beer running

On day 676 of my running and beer streak, I won my second race of the summer.

I have to say, this beer and running streak has worked out better than I could have expected. I don’t see myself giving up either anytime soon.

This particular race was a small local 2-mile trail run to benefit a high school cross country team. The field wasn’t huge, but it had a fast group of front-runners, including a guy who had beat me twice this summer.

I was in 3rd place most of the way, then made my move in the woods. I passed second place and sped up on the turns — the old Frank Shorter trick — so when he saw me emerge from the trees it looked like I put extra distance on him. Mind games work.

With 0.4 miles to go I realized I could bridge the gap on the leader. I caught and passed him and never looked back on the way to winning the race in 11 minutes flat. Adding this to my summer highlights of a 4:54 mile, a few sub-17:50 5Ks and the Race for the Bacon.

I celebrated the race with a Brideport Big Brew Stumptown Tart, which went especially well with stuffing my face with cake that my wife made. (My wife, by the way, is on a 10-day runstreak of her own.) My mother-in-law’s take on this beer: “Holy shit this is good!”

I didn’t exactly taper beforehand. My running mileage in the month of July came within 4 miles of my highest month ever, despite the record heat wave. The day before I ran 11 miles (thanks to peer pressure motivation from Stockyard Palate) and carbo loaded with an excellent Abita 25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog.

Other beers highly worthy of note I recently imbibed include Bridgeport’s Kingpin Double Red Ale and an Atwater Brewery Vanilla Java Porter. Try the latter with s’mores.

From here, the race schedule only gets busier. I’m doing Al’s Run, the Brewers Mini and the North Face trail half marathon in September, then will continue to train for my first ever trail full marathon in Des Plaines, Ill., which I signed up at the peer pressure urging once again of Stockyard Palate.

But that’s all looking ahead to the fall. August isn’t over yet. The summer of beer running continues.

Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2012