I hope that everyone had a great weekend and wonderful Mother’s Day. We took a trip with friends and their kids to New Jersey to see dinosaurs. Yup. Life-size dinosaurs that move and roar. That was followed by a trip to the grocery store and to Lowe’s to buy plants and potting soil. Isn’t that how you spent your Mother’s Day? But I did have a really good day with my family.
Alas, it’s Monday again and back to work. I have quite a bit of work to do this week before I can leave for BLEND but thankfully, so many gracious friends have stepped in to help me out these past couple of weeks with amazing guest posts.
Today, I’m so happy to have Erika here from MCM Mama. There are a couple of things that I love about Erika. First, she’s a mom and she’s on a mission to run a race in each of the 50 states. Second, she loves beer and she’s not giving it up.
I run… A lot.
I eat healthy…Most of the time.
I cross train…Sometimes.
I drink craft beer…Every weekend.
That’s right. Every Friday night and most Saturday nights, I drink a beer. If I’m feeling wild and crazy, I might just have a second one (I don’t feel wild and crazy often). But I’m very particular about my beer: it has to be craft brewed, it must be dark and sweet, and I have to like it. (I’d rather drink water than drink a beer I don’t like. And you will never catch me with one of those light colored beers brewed by one of the big guys. Ever.)
I believe that most foods and drinks are good in moderation. And if you drink craft beer, you are pretty much guaranteed high quality ingredients. Not to mention, it’s good for you. Studies have shown that a beer or two a day can help with everything from osteoporosis to stroke reduction to providing extra vitamin B (from the hops, so hoppy beers are extra good for you LOL).
So here’s how to make beer a part of a fit life:
- Run races (or do other active events) that end with a beer. I ran a super fun race at the Harpoon Brewery that ended with a beer festival. I also run the annual local St. Patrick’s Day race that ends at an Irish pub (and a Guinness). And, of course, there’s the infamous 1K Beer Walk.
- Make it a treat. Some people like a dessert on the weekends or maybe a decadent meal. I choose beer.
- Make it social. We go to a fair number of beer events, most of our friends like craft beer, and our favorite restaurant is a brew pub. (And I’ll let you in on a secret: most brew pubs have really good food. After all, not everyone is there for the beer.) This allows me to have a beer I’ll enjoy without it being the focus.
- Make it an adventure. Try a sampler tray. With the incredible growth of the craft beer industry, there is always something new to try. With the exception of those who have an allergy to an ingredient, I’d be willing to bet there’s a beer out there for everyone. Don’t like beer? You just haven’t met *the one.*
- Make it fun. I’ve gotten to brew beer at a local brewpub. I’ve shared a beer with the owners/headbrewers of Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium. I’ve visited more than 200 breweries/brew pubs around the US. And everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve encountered amazing people.
And as a bonus: Drinking craft beer is good for the local economy. Most small breweries and brewpubs get their ingredients from local sources. They turn around and give their spent grain to local farmers for their animals. They hire local staff. They promote tourism. (You think runners like to travel? You should see how far craft beer drinkers will go.)
Should everyone join me in drinking craft beer? Yes No. If wine is your thing, great! Looking for the best chocolate around, go for it! Just remember that being healthy and fit does not mean you have to give up all of life’s pleasures.
I choose to drink craft beer. And I’m totally ok with that choice. Beer makes me happy and I believe in being happy. All things in moderation.
Erika is a mom of two boys who lives in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. She is also a runner, an RRCA certified running coach, and an ambassador for a local running store and race management company. She is on a mission to run a race in every state, which works well with her husband’s goal to visit as many craft breweries and brewpubs as possible.