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Runner’s World and beer running

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The new issue of Runner’s World highlights a topic familiar to readers of this blog — beer and running.

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“Among runners,” writes Christie Aschwanden, “coffee is perhaps the only beverage more popular than beer.”

The article cites examples such as the Hash House Harriers, a running club that finishes at the Kannah Creek Brewing Company, and the author’s own running group meeting place at Revolution Brewing.

There is also an illustration of Homer Simpson running with a mug of beer, though the beer runners I know look more like this and this.

The author participated in a scientific study in some state-of-the-art Colorado facility (where else?) that involved New Belgium Fat Tire, non-alcoholic beer as placebo and runners. I don’t have the attention span to follow all the details, so let’s skip ahead to the conclusion.

The five women ran an average of 22 percent longer the morning after drinking Fat Tire, while the men ran 21 percent shorter. tweet

In other words, the men in this study need to step up their game. Though it’s hard to draw any definitive conclusions after a study of 10 total participants.

If they do another study, I’d be happy to volunteer my data. Yesterday, I averaged 5:36 miles at an Indoor Marathon relay. I had two Lakefront Brewery Pale Ales the night before. My conclusion: BEER MAKES YOU FASTER.

The article also contains other interesting examples, studies and anecdotes involving beer and performance, including findings previously written about on this blog. But I think it misses one fundamental truth. Independent of performance, beer is simply a great way to reward, relax and enjoy yourself after a run. It’s all part of a lifestyle.

Read the entire article here.


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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