As I mentioned in my last post, I went a little overboard on my purchasing at Whole Foods. But really, I usually only have one beer a night on Friday and Saturday night and if I’m only going to have one, it’d better be good LOL.
Friday night, Beer Geek and I cracked open the “Collaboration not Litigation” beer. It’s a beer made by combining Russian River Brewing Co.’s Salvation with Avery Brewing’s Salvation. Having met both brewers last year, I can imagine just how much fun they had coming up with the exact combination. The resulting combo beer was quite tasty! Both Salvations are Belgian style ales with 9.0% ABV, so the combination did pack quite a wallop. It was, however, an extremely drinkable beer with a sweet up front taste with a bit of hop bitterness at the end. Our bottle was from Batch 3, brewed in February 2009 and I’d definitely recommend trying it out.
Saturday night, we opened the Allagash Black. YUM! As you can see in the above picture, it’s a very dark beer that pours with a nice head. It’s not quite as high in alcohol at “only” 7.5% ABV. Poured right out of the refrigerator, it had a nice chocolatey stout flavor, with very little hop taste. I tend to drink fairly slowly, so this was room temperature long before I was done with it. I found that, like many of the dark beers I love, I enjoyed it even more “warm”. This is definitely on my buy again list.
On the running front, my schedule for the year is coming together. I’ve signed up for a few races and am getting closer to actually pushing the “buy” button on the marathon. Soon I’ll post my plans, so that hopefully I can meet up with some of my RBFs at a race. I’ve also signed up for dailymile, so if you track your activities over there, friend me!
Today’s plan called for three tempo miles at 10K pace. It was pouring down rain, so I hit the treadmill and watched “Love Actually” while I ran. I did a one mile warm up, miles 2 and 3 at an 8:49 pace and mile 4 at 8:33, with a half mile cool-down. (4.5 in 40:50) Even with a 1% incline, the pace felt way easier than I expected. Wonder if I’ll feel that way when I run that outside?