A couple of weeks ago, few people had heard of the beer mile. Now, thanks to Flotrack and it’s highly publicized World Championship Beer Mile event held in Austin on Wednesday night, the world can’t get enough of this formally underground running curiosity. Now that the beer mile is on everyone’s radar screen, the logical question is is the beer mile for you?
I pondered this question, but realized I had no answers for you. So, I decided to email my friend Beth. Elizabeth Herndon. Have you heard of her? Yep, that Elizabeth Herndon, the one who just won the Flotrack World Championship Beer Mile with a WORLD RECORD PERFORMANCE!!!!
And here are Beth’s 5 reasons you, yes YOU, should do a beer mile. Take it away, Beth!
1. The beer mile is a great equalizer. Remember that girl at the last race who you couldn’t quite catch, the one who taunted you with her speed? Those fast legs mean nothing in a beer mile without a strong chug to back them up. With the right skills, you can bring down even the fastest of competitors.
2. You miss the taste of college. A beer mile delivers the full sensory experience of a college party: loud cheering, damp clothes, the scent of stale beer, and a feeling of supreme accomplishment. That beer just tastes so good once it hits your lips.
3. The experience can be humbling. Puking happens. Raw, uncontrollable, projectile vomiting. Puking happens to everyone in the beer mile, sooner or later, and no one can stop the onslaught. Learning to overcome these moments makes us stronger.
4. Who doesn’t want to set a new personal record. Maybe that 5k PR is buried in the distant past and seemingly untouchable. Challenge yourself to something new and exciting! You could find yourself setting a world record as a masters runner.
So what do you say? Are you in?