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!


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