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Craft Beer and Running

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Beer and running don’t exactly go together in most peoples minds like peanut butter and jelly, but maybe they should. With Sayville Running Company & Blue Point Brewing Company’s annual 10 Mile Run to the Brewery rapidly approaching (Saturday, January 17 to be exact), we wanted to pay a little tribute to this odd couple. Well, really Alicia wanted to, so here are a couple reasons why beer and running can go hand in hand.

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Beer: the new Gatorade?

Okay, not exactly, but a post run beer can actually be beneficial. That’s not to say you should slam five or six beers after a three mile run, but adding a beer into your post run hydration is not a bad idea. Also, knowing you have a beer waiting for you is good incentive to push through the end of a run and maybe even pick up the pace. Beer is mostly made up of carbohydrates which is what your body uses first for energy. Exercise depletes these reserves, so it’s helpful to replenish afterwards. But don’t forget that alcohol is also dehydrating, so don’t overdo it and also remember to drink plenty of water.

Going for a run is a pretty solid hangover cure

That sounds insane, right? Probably the last thing you want to do after a night of enjoying craft beer is get up and go for a run. But, it really does help to “sweat it out” so to speak. Last night I may or may not have had two Founders Breakfast Stouts with dinner after already having a couple other beers earlier in the evening. Okay, I definitely did. When my alarm went off this morning I was less than enthused but I still dragged my thirsty, slightly headachy self out of bed and went for a run. After, I actually felt better than I would have had I just laid around for that 40 or so minutes. In fact, it’s recommended to do a steady-state workout, such a a slow run, when hungover so the rest of your body has time to recover.

Earn that craft beer

Like we mentioned in our post How to Drink Craft Beer and Still Lose Weight, drinking craft beer and staying healthy and in shape don’t have to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. But, the sad reality is that a lot of craft beers have a significantly higher number of calories than their less flavorful, light counterparts. So if you happen to go for a morning run and burn 500 or so calories then you have effectively made room for some evening craft beer. And knowing that you have really “earned” it will make it taste all the more delicious.

Tomorrow morning I will be running 10 miles to Blue Point Brewery in what’s now promising to be below freezing weather. Though I’m probably going to be wanting a steaming hot coffee about a mile into it, you can bet the Blue Point beer on tap will be a pretty great incentive to get to the finish line a little more quickly. This is only my second year participating in the event, but it was a great time last year and I am really looking forward to it tomorrow. Had you told me a few years ago that I would have been looking forward to getting up at 7 am and running 10 miles in January, I would have called you crazy. But at least there’s beer at the end, right?

 

Written by A+K

January 16th, 2015 at 10:29 am

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  1. I had such a great time yesterday! I thank your photographer for handing me a sticker. I can’t wait for your article on the run itself.

    Ben B.

    18 Jan 15 at 8:17 am

  2. We had a great time too! The recap of the race is up and we have photos on our Facebook page as well.

    A+K

    20 Jan 15 at 10:33 pm

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