Since starting a running streak nearly 200 days ago, Gabriel Scott has lost nearly 35 pounds, gotten faster than ever before and learned how to run while hungover.
“I’ve also changed mentally,” he said. “I’m stronger, more determined and so much more driven. I am constantly setting and reviewing my goals.”
What day of your running streak are you on?
I’m currently on day 188 of my running streak, two 1/2 marathon PR’s, a 5k, a 10k and 15k PR’s thrown in, with beer as a constant companion and motivator.
What have you learned so far on your beer and running streak?
It’s difficult to narrow down what I’ve learned during the run streak. Related to beer, I’ve learned how good it tastes after a long or a hard run. I’ve also learned that too much beer the night before a long run (without plenty of water to go along with it) can make the run kinda suck. Honestly I’ve learned so much that I started blogging about it in order to share it. This photo is from my first half marathon, The Giant Race, in San Francisco on Aug. 27. (Back when I was 215, ran it in 2:18.)
Have you had to run while hungover?
I’ve definitely run while hungover, though there are different stages and variants on a hangover. For the most part I run in the evening so I have all day to hydrate and get some nutrition, sometimes that’s not enough but I run anyway. Usually my technique is sloppy and running is much harder. Oddly, sometimes I’m super motivated to run when hungover. I think it’s the idea of purging the last evenings consumption.
What’s your philosophy? What keeps you going?
I’d like to claim that I’m 100% goal driven (I want to complete at least 1 year of daily running). The truth is that I’ve discovered it’s easier for me to run every day than it is to designate certain days for running. When I first started running with regularity, I set a goal of 2-3 days a week. It became very easy to push the days further into the week, sometimes not getting the time on the road I wanted. There is no option when you run every day, it’s that simple. Oh, and the admiration of millions, that keeps me going. ;)
What’s your ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal is to run a marathon in under 3 hours and qualify for the Boston Marathon. Currently in my age group I only need 3:10 to qualify but I’d like to over achieve.
Any big plans to celebrate day 200 or any other big day with a special beer?
Day 200 is my next milestone, being nearly 7 months of running every day. I hope to post a blog about my nephew Henry, who I think about every time I run. He is 3 and has Cerebral Palsy, which means he will never run, or even walk. I hope to bring exposure to both CP as well as my nephew specifically. My sister has a fundraising shop where she sells hand made jewelry and such that goes directly to the care of Henry. It is unbelievably expensive to care for someone with a severe case of CP like Henry. I will also, most definitely, be pulling a nice beer out of my cellar to celebrate the accomplishment.
What would you like to accomplish at your race at the Portland Half Marathon?
Since I’m answering these questions after the race in Portland on May 20th, I can tell you that I had a three-tiered goal. I hadn’t been training specifically for a 1/2 marathon, only general training. A friend surprised me with both an entry to the race as well as the money to drive up to Oregon for the race (I’m currently unemployed) only a week and a half before the run. One track work out a week, one 5.5 mile tempo run, one ‘long’ run of 6-8 miles and each other day just fitting in runs that made sense. My overall goal was to get as close to 1:35:00 as I could. I pulled out a 1:37, a 19 minute PR. As I stated on my facebook status that day, I decided to ‘Ricky Bobby’ the race. I was going to finish fast or crash trying!
What are your favorite places for beer and running in your Bay Area residence?
My favorite place to run is the Golden Gate Bridge. Not many people can run on a world wide architectural icon whenever they want. It also provides ample opportunity for great beer when I’m done. I could go to Marin, over to Oakland, into San Francisco proper or to any beer places down the peninsula.
What’s your go-to post run beer?
I love a crisp, clean IPA. Hops make me happy.
Any other words of advice?
I guess my advice would be to just keep running. It’s probably been the best thing I’ve done for myself in my adult life. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in and am having a positive influence on friends and family alike. Run smart, eat healthy, drink good beer!
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