The combination of running and craft beer may not seem like a likely one, but it’s becoming more and more common. Despite my incredibly lazy summer free falling out of shape, this unexpected pair has reared its head in my life a few times recently.
In a recent podcast, Dan from Beer Karma NYC extolled the positive power of having a beer after running and while training for ultra-marathons. Not only does a craft brew help you feel better after strenuous exercise like that, but Dan suggested that a beer brewed with better ingredients would have more nutrients for your body than a mass produced light lager. I don't claim to be a scientist –I’ll leave that to Graham– but it feels reasonable to say a beer brewed with better ingredients would be more nutritious.
The Runner’s World article “8 Reasons for Runners to Drink More Beer” seems to agree with this notion; according to the article, beer can reduce risk of heart disease and increase bone density. It stands that a beer may be better for you post run than previously thought! The past few years has also seen a rise in popularity of the “Beer Mile” though it has been suggested that kind of running and drinking could have detrimental effects on your body. Remember: run before beer, you're in the clear.
This weekend, the first annual Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival will come to New York City. The unique part of this race, is that after running those 3.1 along the East River, you’re rewarded with a Craft Beer festival at the finish line on Randall’s Island. It’s good for your body, good for local beer, and it’s good for the community as a percentage of the proceeds go to charity. That’s enough motivation for us --The Beer Friends will be heading there this Sunday, September 18th. Will we see you there?