Harpoon 5-Miler

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.

especially because we could all smell the beer, mmm-mmm

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.

but I soldered on and chugged some Powerade (for more power!) pre-race

Meghan, Kelly and I tried to squeeze in past the 10-minute marker but it was already packed like energizer sardines

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.

after the race, we got our beer glasses and drink tickets ready

this was the happiest tent of the day

aside from free beer, there was also free food!

pasta, of course

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.

Team Overdrive: Meghan, me, Kelly, Ty, Shaun and Danielle

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!


16 Responses to “Harpoon 5-Miler”

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    Elizabeth posted May 26, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Congrats on running even when you weren’t feeling well! Looks like a fun time.

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    Erin @ A Nesting Experience posted May 26, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Great job! That sounds like a really fun race. Sorry you weren’t feeling well. Hopefully you are better!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted May 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Running for beer?! Yes, please! Congrats on soldiering through despite not feeling well.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted May 26, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Congrats on all the races you have done! What a fun one to participate in:-) We actually did the Harpoon brewery tour when I was in Boston a few months ago! Good luck for your half this weekend!

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    AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon posted May 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I ran this race a few years ago! So much fun! So many people…so much beer…so little time… Sorry you we’re feeling your best! But I’m glad you had fun ;)

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    Michelle Collins posted May 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I never run, but I’d definitely run for beer – especially Harpoon!

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    MelissaNibbles posted May 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Great job! I’m impressed that you soldiered through despite not feeling well.

  8. #
    Megan posted May 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Great job!!

    Hope you are feeling better!

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    MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College posted May 27, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Congrats on the beer run :-) I hope you are feeling better. Hives are the worst.

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    miriam posted May 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

    This looks like fun – I totally dig the idea of running with beer as an incentive! Boo on the hives – hope that all clears up soon.

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    Michelle posted May 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Congrats on the run and good luck this weekend! I’m actually going to shoot you an email today about a patio party in Central Square!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted May 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    That looks like fun! But I am so sorry about your hives. I feel your pain, DC just about killed me, between my hives and my eyes!
    GOOD LUCK this weekend! We are all cheering you on!

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    Bianca Garcia posted May 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you everyone for the well wishes! Hives are a bit more controlled now :)

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    chrysta posted May 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Wow looks like so much! I love that you registered as a six pack! hahahah! Congrats girl!!

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    Alaina posted May 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I was at that race!! I was giving out water at stop #1, just before the 2 mile mark!! :-)

    Are you running the R2R this weekend? I am!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted May 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Yup I that’s the one! Good luck tomorrow!!
      PS – I grabbed water from both water stations so you might have been the one who helped me quench my thirst ;)

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