Today’s topic over at the Runner’s Lounge is “Spring Training”. I’m a big fan of spring (not so much of summer). It’s my favorite time of the year.
1) Make sure you have some variety – there are a lot of options out there. One day have a pilsner, another day a hefeweizen, another a pale ale. If you are in serious training, try a combination to keep things fresh.
2) Get outside – after a winter of drinking by the fire, it’s time to get out and enjoy the weather. Have a beer in your backyard. Hit the local outdoor cafe. Take a beer along on a picnic.
3) Get other people involved – it’s time to get out of hibernation. Throw a party. Introduce a newbie to the glories of good beer. Find a festival.
Oh, wait, the topic was spring training for running, not drinking. Oops. Well, really, those tips work just as well. Throw some variety in your runs. Look for new routes, new hills, new speedwork. Get off the treadmill and enjoy the lovely spring weather. Take advantage of the different times of day to run. Run with friends. Find a new runner and run a few miles with them at their pace.
I trained pretty hard this winter, so I’m not expecting to see major improvements this spring. I am, however, looking forward to WANTING to run again. Running in the cold or on the treadmill is a lot more forced than running in glorious weather is.
I ended up changing out a couple of beers for the basket. I found Starr Hill Jomo this morning and Williamsburg AleWerks Ale at the local Whole Foods. I discovered that I can indeed carry two six packs of beer in my Mountain Buggy stroller. Since this meant I did not have to drive anywhere and I don’t have to worry about dealing with the refrigerated beer, I am a happy camper. Hopefully the winner of the basket will be happy.
My legs are feeling better, so hopefully I’ll have a nice run this afternoon. It’s a little rainy, but as long as it’s not pouring, I plan to head outside.
12 thoughts on “Spring Training”
I too am looking forward to actually wanting to run. The good weather we’re having here lately is very encouraging.
Your tips cracked me up. Happy Spring!
I like you beer tips better. :o)
Somehow I misread your perfectly clear I ended up changing out a couple of beers for the basket as I ended up chugging a couple of beers for breakfast.And for a moment, nothing seemed odd about that, until I thought, no, she drinks good beer. She wouldn’t have chugged it. She would have savored it.
Very well done on the post! So you'd take pity on my crass taste buds & edumacate me on good beer?
My eyes had been glazing over with all the TiART posts I’ve been seeing today and now I see yours, MCM Mama, and it made me cry a little bit with joy. You have restored my faith. I had forgotten that beer could make even Pack-Mentality-Thursday posts enjoyable.As for joyRuN – pfftttt! Good luck! She thinks there’s some sort of shortcut, some magic bullet, to beer-literacy. But you gotta be willing to put in the time, you’ve got to be willing to sacrifice a few brain cells and liver cells and if you’re the kind of person who whines “But wait! I’m due for my dialysis so I can’t drink any more beer right now!” then you, baby, just don’t have what it takes to attain beer-literacy and maybe you should just stick to your pathetic poop bars, why don’t you?Disclaimer: I do not in any way mean to imply that the above description applies to joySashaY.My word verification: “nater”! Cool! I voted for him last November!
Love it! I’m glad your legs are recovered from your race! Hope you had a good long run and stayed dry.
LOL, you seem more passionate about the beer tips, even though all of them are great 🙂
Oh, I love the drinking tips!During the spring/summer, my group plans our Thursday runs around where we can go for happy hour when we’re done!
LOL…I love the tips.
Drinking, running, many of the same principles apply, right?
Great tips, Happy Spring!