Two of my favourite things in life are running and beer. What happens when your local brewery organizes a race? You sign up immediately and count down the days until it’s socially acceptable to drink beer at 10am.
I picked up my race package at the brewery Friday evening after driving home from the SocialWest conference in Calgary. I was actually surprised to see that the race was chip timed! We received really nice (but way too big) tshirts and a token for a free beer to be used in the beer garden after the race.
Saturday’s race start wasn’t until 10am, which meant I could sleep in and get ready leisurely. I had absolutely no expectations going into this race since I’ve been battling with a sore foot and off running for a couple weeks. I figured I’d stick with friends for as long as I could and back off if the pain started to flare up. Since I was really just out there to have fun with friends, and of course drink some beer, I had fun with my outfit a little and rocked my gold Brooks sunnies and diamond sweatband.
Mary picked me up and we drove to a residential area close to the race start and walked over.
The brewery and race location is so close to the beautiful trail I love to run along the river. The 5k route was a straight out and back course and mostly flat. The morning ended up being sunny and hot and it was the perfect day to enjoy the city. I was able to keep up with my speedy friends for the first almost 2km before I had to scale back my pace a bit. I kind of cursed myself for not bringing my headphones so I could listen to music but still soaked up the day. I had a feeling that slowing down as much as I did would bring me over the finish line at the 40-minute mark (did I mention my watch died about 3.5km in?) but I was happy with my finish time of 35 minutes. Especially because my foot really didn’t hurt at all when I was done.
Since there was quite a few friends running, we ended up hanging out at the beer garden and enjoying a couple cold ones before calling it a day. There was some live bands playing and a BBQ to keep people fed as well so there was no excuse to call it a day so early!
All in all, it was a really great little race, well organized and worth it for the price (under $50!). Who’s coming to run and drink beer with me next year?