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Back in February, I posted a blog declaring admiration for running social network DailyMile, but suggesting a few improvements. One of them was the ability to motivate fellow athletes with beer.

Someone at DailyMile must be a beer runner.

Now you can upgrade your account to Pro DailyMiler, and one of the perks is you can toast a workout with a big frosty mug of beer.

There is a catch, however. This comes with a price of $50 a year. I’m happy to pay it.

No, I’m not spending my hard-earned beer money for some digital hops. I’m doing it because DailyMile changed my life.

Today I passed the milestones of logging more than 1,000 miles biking and running for 2011 on DailyMile, and 2,000 miles total for my DailyMile career. I’ve never felt better.

I never thought I’d be so numbers focused, and I never wanted to be. But tracking my runs, bike rides and progress — and breaking it down by days, weeks and years — has pushed me to greater heights than ever. And that’s only part of the story.

The most significant part of the site is the support from fellow runners and bikers. I’m not just talking about the cheers and encouragement they post on workouts, but just knowing that there are others out there as crazy as you. That you’re not the only one sweating.

Kelly explained that phenomenon here.

I expect my membership will go toward site upgrades, and I’m looking forward to new apps, features and improvements in the future. But even if they stayed the same, $50 would be a bargain to be part of the community DailyMile has created.

And if I ever meet the masterminds behind DailyMile, I’d be happy to buy them a beer.

5 Comments

  • Nick says:

    Nice! If I had the extra $50 to spare, I probably would upgrade too. Didn’t I read somewhere that Ben and Kelly are from Wisconsin? Makes it even better than this whole thing started in our backyard (well, our state anyways).

  • Alyssa says:

    Great post! DailyMile converted me too. I usually got my exercise from playing soccer or volleyball. I was never a runner until I discovered the site a little over a year ago. I now feel like if I don’t have anything to log, I’m missing out on engaging that this fun and inspirational community. Being part of the DM community has made me a stronger and healthier person. And now I want that beer mug, too.

    And yes – I believe the founders are from Madison.

    Congrats on the milestones, Tim. Cheers!

  • Matt Jacobson says:

    Good post Tim. I totally agree with you about the effect DM has had on my life. I don’t think I’d be the motivated runner I am today without the combination of community and tracking tools. And now with beer as motivation? Well, let’s just say I won’t be leaving the site anytime soon.

  • sugarmagnolia70 says:

    Well said! I will be going pro soon too. I love the community I’ve developed on DM and really want to support the creators.

  • Love Sweat & Beers says:

    Great post. I haven’t used Daily Mile, but I know how seeing the numbers my GPS watch made me more motivated. Funny how that works.

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