Last week, Robert Scanlon and Kevin DiVerde decided to drink 100 beers while completing a series of running challenges, such as a beer mile or a two-hour run.
“I have had to stop running from injuries before, from tiredness, from sickness, etc.” said Robert. “But never had I had to stop running because I was getting too drunk.”
Until last week, that is. In this Q+A, Robert shares his motivation, tips and words of caution.
So what exactly did you do?
I ended up having just over a hundred beers in under a week all while running every day. It started at 12:00AM Monday and ended Saturday night.
Whose idea was this?
I did this with my friend Kevin DiVerde. We are both in the Iowa State Running Club together. It didn’t start with the goal of drinking 100 beers. At Iowa State University, we have a weeklong party called VEISHEA (which is a celebration of the original colleges at ISU). To celebrate in our own way, several of our friends decided to create a list of challenges combining beer and running to be completed throughout the week. These included beer miles, beer runs, etc. By Wednesday, I started to realize the sheer number of beers I had drank and decided to shoot for the 100 mark.
How did prepare for this?
As I didn’t plan for actually doing it, I had very little preparation except for being an avid runner that enjoys the taste of beer.
What kind of beer did you drink?
It started at 12:00am Monday morning with a Shiner Bock – a pretty tasty one to kick-start the week, but after that the quality of beer quickly declined (i.e.Keystone, Busch Light, Rolling Rock) due to the monetary consequences of buying 100 beers.
What were your running workouts?
Most days, it was just casual runs around an hour long, but we did throw in a beer mile on an indoor track (12 laps to the mile, a beer every other lap, completed in 15 minutes). And a beer run where you had to drink a beer for every mile ran.
What was the biggest challenge?
By far, waking up the next morning and forcing yourself to run again no matter how bad your headache. A close second was staying hydrated. When consuming massive quantities of a diuretic and running all the time, your body really starts to crave water.
Was there a point you didn’t think you could finish? What kept you going?
Friday, I wasn’t sure if I could finish. The last thing I wanted to think about was running or drinking more beer. What kept me going was a beautiful run through the countryside that cleared my mind and helped me feel a lot better!
What do you do when you aren’t drinking 101 beers a week?
When I’m not consuming 101 beers a week, I am a more competitive runner and less of a binge drinker. I do lots of harder workouts and enter track races throughout the area. The Friday before this all started, I ran a big 5k, so this was a good way to relax before really getting into training again.
Any advice to others?
If you’re going to attempt the feat, be careful. Running while intoxicated obviously poses dangers, especially if you are near traffic. Also, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (the non-beer type).
Anything else you’d like to add?
One of the best stories that came out of this whole experience was our last run on Saturday. My friend Kevin and I decided to do an easy 7 miler in the afternoon around town. It was a beautiful day, and all the VEISHEA party goers were out enjoying the great weather and partying on their front lawns. Within a mile of our run, we had a guy toss us a beer, and after that, more and more people started tossing us beers as we ran along. We ended up making signs that said “Running for Beer” and people loved it! We ran for over two hours until I decided it was time to head back home. It was on this run I realized I had drank my 101st beer!