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Weekend race and beer report

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Dean, me, beer and a photobomber

So far, I’m averaging 2.5 beers and 1 celebrity sighting for every race I’ve run this weekend. There’s still time to increase that average.

A highlight among many of the past two days was meeting ultra running  legend Dean Karnazes at the North Face Endurance Series half marathon. I found him very low key and down to earth for a guy who runs 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days.

I chatted with him (and got this picture with him and my Delafield Brewhaus Amber) after I finished the trail half marathon in Eagle, Wisconsin. I crossed the line in 1:28:51, which is about 50 seconds off my personal record.

Dean told me I could take 5-10 percent off my time if I wanted to compare it to my road race PR, given the hills and the loose dirt on the trail. So that affirmation plus my 6th place finish made me happy with the performance.

I have to thank another running celebrity, Ashley Kumlein, for hooking me up with this race. After running across the country to fight MS, she has been competing throughout the North Face Endurance Series. She placed third yesterday in the 50 miler, and ran again today. I saw her briefly — my second celebrity sighting of the day — as she sped by on the trail.

While Ashley was running an ultra yesterday, I continued a tradition of racing Brigg’s and Al’s 8K run with 14,000 others. This year I ran wearing a neck-to-toe black robe costume with a fake beard (don’t ask) while pushing my daughter in her stroller. My 33:20 was about three minutes off my PR.

All that activity required plenty of pre-race carbo loading, which included the form of Alaskan Amber, New Belgium’s Red Hoptober and Sprecher Brewery’s Special Amber. I’m now replenishing more carbs with New Holland’s Ichabod Ale and Milwaukee Brewing Company’s Hoptoberfest, which is my favorite Oktoberfest of the season thus far.

One final note: I may wear my Pioneer Beer Runners shirt to every race from now on. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many cheers from spectators. Thanks again for the shirt, John.

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