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30 days of beer and running

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Today I am roughly 1/12th of the way to my goal of running at least one mile and drinking at least one beer every day for a year.

So far it’s been easier than I thought. I try to bang out the majority of my miles during my lunch hour, which breaks up the day nicely. I apologize to those who have to work in close proximity of my cube.

View from an 11 mile run

The toughest run so far was the night my wife and I went out for beer and a fish fry. After two beers, most of my wife’s Bloody Mary, a heavy fish fry sitting in my stomach and a little nap later, I finally dragged myself out for a late Friday night run.

My goal was just a mile, but the full moon inspired me to tack on an extra mile. I figured if I can survive that, I can handle most obstacles that try to derail my 365 day quest.

I log all my miles on DailyMile, but I still haven’t found something I use regularly to track my beer drinking. I’ve signed up for Beerby and Hopchart, but so far haven’t really gotten into either. I’m still just posting the beers I’m drinking on my Twitter account.

My favorite beers over the last month have been the O’So Night Train Porter, the Lagunitas Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, Outpost Organic Ale and the Furthermore Fallen Apple Cream Ale. I still have a lot of PBR leftover from a party to finish up, too.

Of course, I started this in October, which is probably the best month of the year to run and drink beer. The weather is perfect, the scenery is beautiful, and the Oktoberfest beers are plentiful.

Now it starts to get a little more challenging. It’s time for cold weather and dark mornings and evenings. So bring on the stouts and porters. What should I try next?


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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