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How to train for a beer mile

Scrutinizing the techniques being experimented by elite beer runners

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If you want to train for a 5K or a marathon, there’s no shortage of plans to follow. Just use Google or download a training app and you now have a schedule to guide you.

But if you want to train for the beer mile, there are scant resources to help you (unless you read some of my back catalogue). You’re even more on your own if you’re going for a world record beer mile.

Until now, that is.

One of the benefits of the sudden rise in beer mile popularity is the media coverage and analysis of the lead-up to the big events, like the FloTrack Beer Mile Championships.

Now, we can scrutinize the techniques and trials that are being experimented by elite runners like Lewis Kent, who was recently sponsored by Brooks.

As I’ve written about before, Kent began training by eating large amounts of watermelon to expand his stomach. Now we get to see his training up close thanks to a new video by Canadian Running.

In the video, we see Kent and his training partner Phil Parrot-Migas — who ran with him during the world record beer mile — doing 400 repeats with near beer.

“It’s just one shot at glory,” Kent says, referring to the FloTrack beer mile. “It’s just 5 minutes of pain.”

But this being the beer mile, it’s not just about the competition. It’s a lifestyle, according to Kent.

“We train hard,” he says. “But we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”


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]

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