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Three Reasons Why Beer and Running are Best Pals

Aug 18, 2015 Comments (1) Three Reasons Why Beer and Running are Best Pals

Team Ninkasi is stocked with a large number of enthusiastic runners. Some love pounding the pavement, some prefer to get dirty on the trails, some like to run in circles around a track, but they all have one thing in common: they LOVE chasing their miles with a cold beer.

Kenny, one of Team Ninkasi's especially enthusiastic runners, walked us through why he thinks running and beer is a match made in a sudsy. sweaty heaven. 

I’ve been running (slowly…we’ll call it “plodding”) for years, and until very recently I’d always kept my running and beer drinking separate. I enjoy running, and I REALLY enjoy a great beer. But on the surface, the two activities don’t seem to have much in common. Then, I started working at Ninkasi, where every activity gets paired with beer, and I learned just how glorious this pairing can be.

It’s taken months of tireless running/drinking research, but I’ve finally identified why the two activities are soul mates. Without further ado, here are my top 3 reasons why beer and running are best pals:

1) The Recovery Effect

Whenever I finish plodding, I get the urge to eat and drink EVERYTHING IN MY PATH! While I’m not a nutritionist, I’ve learned that if I don’t immediately replenish what I burned while running, I feel like this:

If you’re concerned for my health, don’t worry, I’m not dead and I’m always that skinny.

Turns out, craft beer is loaded with great recovery carbs. Strictly for the nutritional value (of course), I’ve started drinking Total Domination after long runs. Total Domination is a big beer, meaning it’s packed full of the recovery fuel I need. But best of all, it’s super balanced which means it’s smooth enough to drink right after a run. Chocolate milk and bananas have nothing on a killer IPA!

2) The Motivational Effect

What I wish I looked like when running:

(Photo courtesy of firelizard5)

Here’s what I actually look like when running:

(Photo courtesy of summer in Oregon)

I’d guess that on 90% of my runs, I have at least one “I feel like I’m being thunder punched” moment. The good news is that it’s usually all mental, so I can keep going if I’m properly motivated. The bad news is that when it comes to running, I’m pretty darn unmotivated. But now that beer has become a part of my post run routine, whenever I feel the thunder punch brewing, I just think of the ice cold reward waiting for me at the finish line. It’s amazing what the human body can endure when beer is being dangled as motivation.

3) The Scottish Warrior Celebration Effect

“Be more like a Scottish Warrior” is #1 on my “Things that would make me more awesome” list. While I’ve never met a real Scottish Warrior, I assume they celebrated every life victory by slamming sturdy beer mugs together. After a run, it’s customary to find fellow runners and toast with fist pump and sturdy pint slams. Granted, we’re a bunch of distance running beer nerds (not quite the kilted, sword wielding rough necks I envision), but there’s just enough “warrior” in our post run toast to feel truly magnificent. The celebration is enough to keep me running, and there’s no better way to bond with a fellow runner than sharing a pint.

Runner or not, I highly recommend that you look for ways to incorporate beer into the activities you love. However you Perpetuate Better Living, add some craft beer into the mix. You’ll feel amazing. 


Comments (1)

  1. Jim:
    Aug 20, 2015 at 05:44 PM

    Right on Kenny. It's called being a drinker with a running problem! Well written. :)


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