SPRING IN OUR STEP
Two lessons were learned, the hard way, at the Shamrocks and Shenanigans 5K. One, don’t drink beer before a run – only after. Two, we need to get serious about training if we want to survive the Dexter-Ann Arbor 10K. Okay, neither were shocking revelations, but valuable nonetheless.
It was cold, raining and the morning start time felt extra early because it fell on the Sunday of daylight savings. A mile in, the pre-race Boddingtons we symbolically glugged down was forcing its way back up. A group of young girls in green tutus breezed by us with ease. Mike (Burger) resorted to a walk/sprint strategy, and Greg (Albino Rhino) drew blood when he stepped in a submerged pothole. But we all pushed through and crossed the finish line with a sense of accomplishment. We celebrated accordingly.
None of us are natural runners. Our native habitat is a bar stool, not a treadmill. Sean (Kleinbird) was diagnosed with “metaatarsalgia of the right foot” after a week on the elliptical, for the love of god. John (Beef) has to ice his knee after merely thinking about jogging.
That said, the team is more motivated than ever. It’s officially spring. The days are getting longer, warmer and ticking away to the 10K. We’re offering each other daily support and advice (which reads more like trash-talk in a ridiculously nonstop group text message). When we do find the time to meet up in person, the brewery is our “mission control.” Each meeting, we brainstorm how our efforts might inspire and evolve. If a group of friends can have this much fun – in spite of the pain – and build the foundations for a philanthropic tradition, we’re confident that more would-be runners will join the cause. When it’s for something you care about, running is even more rewarding – and a little less excruciating.
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