A running buddy of mine has a tradition: her friends meet her in the last 500 metres of her race holding a cold beer, which she quaffs before dashing to the finish line. As a strategy, it’s so contrary to everything that I’ve ever heard about how to run well (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate), that I have to admire it.
Then again, the more I think about it, the more I realize that boozing and running have a lot in common. For example:
§ They both give you a high.
§ A little makes you feel great; too much makes you feel like hell the next day.
§ If you are serious about either, they can become pretty all-consuming hobbies. You can read about them, take classes about them, buy expensive specialized equipment to do them, and, of course, blog exhaustively and entertainingly about both drinking and running.
§ Both require stamina if you are going to do them well.
§ It’s not a good idea to phone people while doing either.
Sure, there are differences. Here are a few I can think of:
§ You can’t drink with your dog.
§ ... But you can drive after running.
§ It is possible to successfully juggle while running.
§ They make different parts of your body hurt.
Still, these are minor differences as far as I concerned. They are two highly complementary activities – though I don’t quite have the panache to do both at the same time. So I’ll settle with doing one at the beginning of the day and the other at the end, and leave you to guess which is which.