This Week in Running – A Craft Beer Relay, you say? Oh, alright.

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Hello, from Ralph. Run, Eat, Ralph.

This weekend marks a first for me in running. I’ll be trying out one of these relay thingies. The relay is the Ville to Ville Craft Brew Relay, which covers 75 miles from Asheville, NC to Greenville, SC. We start on Saturday morning and will likely take somewhere between 12-24 hours haha. I have NO idea.

This race was meant for a team of 6, but we’ll have a team of 4. This means mo’ money (we pay) and mo’ miles. We met up after work yesterday to discuss all of the logistics (what to bring, when to leave, who’s running what, etc.). I drew the task of running Legs #4, #8, and #12. I’ll have about 25 of the 75 miles (boo). I’m cool with that, but running the last leg means that the other guys can start to celebrate a job well done while I’m still grinding away out there. THEY BETTER SAVE ME A BEER.

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Can’t get much crazier than #4, #8 and #12.

I kinda sorta got all packed last night. 3 sets of running clothes, 3 different pairs of shoes. I’m not playing around haha. I’m so weird though. I didn’t quite get 100% packed last night. It’s like I enjoy scrambling around at the last minute to get ready.

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Luckily, storage space is plentiful. πŸ™‚

I haven’t really gotten ready from a running perspective, either. 25 miles is a bit more than I’ve done in a day in quite some time. I ran a 2 a day last week, just to see how that felt. It wasn’t too bad, but that was with 10 hours in between. Hmm.

The weather is calling for rain, but not cold November Rain. I don’t mind getting a little wet, especially knowing that I’ll have clothes to change into. I think it’s going to be muggy. I don’t like muggy.

Our plan is to get to bed by 10pm tonight, which is a reasonable time to rest up for our 6:00am start time. We have to get there by 5:15 though. That’s gross. I won’t be running until like 8:00 or so. I guess I’ll get a nap in the car for a little while, unless I’m too excited to sleep. Hopefully, the many beer possibilities in Asheville don’t push me past that 10pm bedtime.

As I said earlier, it’s a craft brew relay. I think there will be beer at several points. I’m thinking about this like it’s a game of darts, or shuffleboard, or bowling, or cornhole. I need to have the perfect amount of beer to enhance my performance, but be careful not to have too much. One sip too many and I won’t be a very good runner.

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She seems to be doing ok.

Tomorrow, we’ll get these 75 miles out of the way and then celebrate our great accomplishment in Greenville. I’ve heard it will be a fun time, but I’m hoping it’s not TOO fun. We plan on getting up at the crack of dawn and heading home to reality. I hope my kids take it easy on me.

Any of you have experience with these relays? Any advice on how to handle the times in between when you’re NOT running?

 

 

12 Replies to “This Week in Running – A Craft Beer Relay, you say? Oh, alright.”

  1. Too bad it doesn’t start in SC and end in NC – I think I’d rather end at the Highlands brewery!
    At least your legs get easier as you go along…? Sounds super fun but it’d definitely be a lot more fun if you had the two more people. You’ll do great though, no doubt! That chick “chugging” the beer reminds me of when Joey thinks he can drink a gallon of milk in 10 seconds, HAHA! LOVE that episode. Have all the FUN and safe travels!

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  2. The in-race beer is definitely the wild car — good luck hitting that perfect balance!
    My only experience in Greenville, SC, was visiting friends who were students at Bob Jones University, an uber conservative college. Curfews, dress codes, strict rules against anything but hand-holding and only in the school-sanctioned social parlor, etc. It’s REALLY hard for me to picture a rowdy post-race party at a brewery there!

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  3. The in-race beer is definitely the wild card — good luck hitting that perfect balance!
    My only experience in Greenville, SC, was visiting friends who were students at Bob Jones University, an uber conservative college. Curfews, dress codes, strict rules against anything but hand-holding and only in the school-sanctioned social parlor, etc. It’s REALLY hard for me to picture a rowdy post-race party at a brewery there!

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