Experiment: No run, no beer; Inspired by @TheBeerRunner
One of my resolutions last year was to run more consistently. I failed miserably and have an extra 20 pounds of fat to show for it. However, I recently found inspiration in one man’s streak of three years of running at least a mile every day and drinking at least one beer every day. Yes, every single day – even when violently ill. It’s a pretty fascinating read if you have two minutes. I’m not ready to commit to something on that scale but I do want to force myself to earn those oh so tasty beers.
Here’s what I’m going to do: If I run that day, green light to have a beer. If I was too lazy to get out of bed or off the couch, I get punished with water.Hitting the elliptical at the gym doesn’t count. It needs to be a real run.
This should be a pretty easy to manage and I should gain some positive side effects like increased endurance, increased endorphins, and hopefully shed a few pounds. I’ve always found running to be an extremely easy activity since basically all you need is a decent pair of shoes and some will power. It’s pretty remarkable how quickly you can build up your endurance, distance, and speed if you just keep at it.
If you’re a beginner, I’ve found a number of training resources that have helped me in the past (and still help me).
- Hal Higdon Couch to 5k – also 8k, 10k, 15k, half marathon, and marathon programs
- Beer Runner 6 Pack Challenge
- RunKeeper app – my personal favorite but there are lots of there that do similar things
- Participate in the Moerlein Beer Run Series – a 5k, 1k, and 7k/14k race series from Bockfest to Oktoberfest
- Beer Allowance Calculator – figure out how many of different types of beers you earned by exercising.
Anyone else interested in jumping on board with my idea (I’m looking at you Beer Mumbo)? You can follow my progress here: http://runkeeper.com/user/stuartmr. I’m shooting to run the Heart Mini 15k on March 16, 2014 which just happens to be the day before St. Patrick’s Day!