Blergh, this was a wonderfully awful experience. It was wonderful hanging with cool runner folks. It was awful trying to sprint 400’s after chugging beers.
In my preview, I wrote how last year I finished 2nd overall in this race with a time of 9:49. Wow, did I have a far worse go of it this year.
After the first beer/lap I was hurting. My belly was distended…pregnant with a huge bubble of air/carbonation pressing against my diaphragm. I thought I might hurl and moved to the bushes. But I burped it out and was able to continue. However, each lap/beer left me with the same bloated belly. It was not pleasant.
I finished about four and a half minutes slower than last year’s time – 14:16.
In the end, we still had fun. I need to give big ups to Thursday Night Social Run for hosting this race and to Tory and Josh for putting it on and providing the post run BBQ.
It was definitely a learning experience. Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to run a few miles to warm up before hand. Maybe my choice of beer (Shiner Bock) was not good for this event. But this was only my second Beer Mile. We’ll see if the future holds any more.
Warning, if you do one of these races, it’s not easy. Prepare yourself. And the beers kind of start hitting you by the third lap. In fact, one friend there had the quote of the night, “My vision is definitely compromised.”
Questions: Seriously, any tips for Beer Mile? How would you do drinking four beers while you sprint four 1/4 miles? Talk to me!