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One year after the beer run streak

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On a run with City Running Tours

I’m finishing off a Milwaukee Brewing Company Brewing Booyah as I start to write this, and I realize I haven’t given a sort of life update in awhile. So what better time than on my third beer of the night?

One year ago I was finishing up my three-year streak of running and drinking beer every day. I did the Dogfish Dash and then DRAFT Magazine threw a party for my on my 32nd birthday and the end of my streak at the Milwaukee Brewing Company.

It was a great way to wrap up a three-year run. But truthfully, I was ready for a break. I was tired.

Shortly after that my son was born and the Polar Vortex hit. It was a long, difficult winter. I took awhile off running. At times I felt overwhelmed and out of my element.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve never felt more energized. I recently ran an 8K race and beat my time from 14 years ago by some 40 seconds. A week later I ran a mile race and won it in 4:47, my fastest time since high school. I’m doing regular speedwork and hoping to PR in the marathon in just over a week. And I launched a local Milwaukee chapter of City Running Tours.

What changed?

I think the downtime and time off was a healthy thing. I cut back on my running and my beer consumption for an extended period of time.

When I started back up again, it made me appreciate both that much more. It renewed my enthusiasm for exercising and then rewarding myself with a new and different craft beer like the 3 Sheeps Baaad Boy Black Wheat or the Dogfish Head Punkin I’ve had recently.

So if you find yourself teetering on the edge of overtraining or overconsumption, maybe it’s time to take a step back and give yourself the chance to decompress. The future rewards could be that much sweeter.


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] draftmag.com.


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