Well it’s the day after I embarked on my crazy idea to run the route the of the Craft Beer Bus Tour for Omaha Beer Week. Since I’m typing this, it means that I survived the 18 miles and 12 total beers. And yes, I did actually manage to have 1 beer at each of the 12 stops along the way, for better or for worse.
My intial estimation for how long the journey would take was around 6-8 hours, and I was not really that close. My running time was about what I had expected (a shade over 2 and half hours), but what I didn’t fully realize was how long I would spend at each location in order to avoid slamming a beer and becoming too intoxicated to continue.
The run finally ended at around 11:40 in the evening, throw in the final beer at my final stop, and it ended up being 12:30 in the morning before it was all said and done. That’s 12 and half hours of either running or drinking (or using the restroom, which happened quite a bit as well with all of the water I was drinking).
Lots of Liquid
My initial plan of a 2 to 1 water to beer ratio ended up being closer to 3 to 1 in an attempt to not drink any of the beers too fast. Besides regular trips to the restroom, this also led to a pretty full stomach along the way which didn’t feel all that great at times during the run. There were a few times where it felt as though some of that liquid would come back up, but fortunately that didn’t happen.
The Longest Stretch
I had somewhat anticipated that the longest stretch of my from (from The Hive to Mojo Smokehouse & Ales) would be the toughest but it ended up being a little more difficult than I thought. I think that this was mostly due to a little bit too hight beer to mile ratio during the first few stops. Since the first 5 stops took place mostly around downtown Omaha, and two of them were only 2 blocks apart, after my 5th stop I had only run 4.5 miles but had consumed 5 beers. And now I was looking at a 4.5 mile stretch with a few hills in between to reach my next destination.
Fortunatley, after a bit of a rough run and an impromptu bathroom stop, I finally did make it to the next stop. After a few minutes to rest and some more water, I felt 100x better. It also helped that my friend, Andrew Osborn, was meeting up with me to join in for the rest of the jaunt. Having someone to run and drink with me for the second half of the journey definitely helped.
When it was all said and done, I was able to acheive my ultimate goal of running the entire route and enjoying a beer at each stop along the way. Even though it took longer than I had anticapted, it was worth taking my time to make sure that it was safe as well as having a good time along the way. And strangely enough, I’m neither hungover or extra sore on this, the day after. I just feel pretty worn out, like I was out drinking all day the day before or something…
I got some positive feedback from others that they would be interested in doing something similar next year, albeit in a little more organized fashion. Also with the possibility of some people biking if the weather permits, since running that type of distance is no easy task. So if all is going well around this time next year, I’ll definitely be looking into providing a little more than 6 days notice as well as talk to some other people that may bike the route and doing a little more planning around the potential event.
Until next time, Cheers!