Will run for beer.
That’s what participants at the Harpoon Brewery 5-Miler should’ve had plastered across our shirt and heads. Because it was basically a fun, packed, annual beer fest. Except you had to run a race beforehand.
Last Sunday, I ran the Harpoon 5-Miler with five of my co-workers at Overdrive Interactive. We registered as a team – or a 6-pack, in beer terms. It was my first time participating in this race and it was a lot of fun. No wonder it sells out and people have to enter a lottery to join.
It was a pretty dreary morning, but like other races, the weather didn’t deter the race participants’ high spirits. I could feel the energy pulsing through the air as soon as we stepped inside the Harpoon Brewery.
Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling great this day because I have been suffering from pretty severe hives. So I was literally in an antihistamine-induced blur the whole time.
The race course is pretty flat, so it was an easy run. I never thought I would consider the words “easy” and “5 miles” to go together, but even with my doctor-prescribed drug cocktail, running the race felt really easy! I was slow but steady. My half-marathon training is definitely paying off. So far I’ve ran four races since February (Ras 5K, St. Patrick’s Day Southie 5K, Cambridge 5-miler City Run, and this) and I’m really excited for my half this weekend. I just want to run injury-free, with no pain from plantar fasciitis nor shin splints. And hopefully no hives! So please send me some good vibes. Vibes, not hives, okay.
There were also grilled Italian sausages and salads, but I actually didn’t end up eating any. I fueled up with oatmeal before leaving my apartment and it kept me full for hours.
I had a great time with my co-workers, and I’m definitely looking forward to running the Harpoon 5-miler again next year. Cheers to beer and running!