5 Reasons Why Elizabeth Herndon Says You Should Do a Beer Mile

fri5A 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.

Beth Herndon as she sets a new world record in the beer mile! Image via Flotrack on Twitter.
Beth Herndon as she sets a new world record in the beer mile! Image via Flotrack on Twitter.

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.

5. Racing doesn’t always need to be serious. Run hard. Have fun. Laugh at yourself. Hell, wear a banana suit, or even jorts. Even when you lose, you still win.

So what do you say? Are you in?

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. I have to try it. 90% of runners i know love beer. What’s not to love?
    Rampant projectile vomiting? Sounds hilarious, but I wonder how many pairs of shoes just get chucked in a dumpster afterwards? 😉

    1. Beer, not me. Cider maybe.
      But I like donuts. Isn’t there a donut 5k that goes something like 12 donuts, one for each lap of a 12.5 lap 5k on a track?

      1. Let’s do a cider mile (I don’t like beer either). Or I’ll all for a donut/cookie 5k, finally a chance to put my sweet tooth to use.

  2. I’ve done 4 beer miles now, slowly bringing down my time from ~30 minutes (including puking and crying) to last year’s PR of 16:10 (no puking!)… more than twice as long as Beth’s beer mile! It is way harder than you might think but so much fun. And I agree about it being the great equalizer… it can be really hard to predict which of your friends will be a champion beer miler and who will crash and burn. Also, I totally knew Beth in grad school and have been bragging about her accomplishment to all my running/drinking friends here in Tulsa (so far the fastest time in our group has been a guy’s 8:08 last year, so obviously we are all blown away by her speed!!)