Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Final Countdown
Believe it or not that is still one of my friend's, Benj's, favorite songs, and I have to admit that there is something about it, besides the big hair and synthesizer, that really gets me going.
That is right; it is the Final Countdown. My first half marathon takes place in just 5 short days, but that is not what I am counting down to. In just 3 days, I will be cutting my hair into a mohawk and shaving my goatee down to a moustache (don't worry, I will post some pictures). No real reason other than I wanted to do something fun for the race, but this is not what I am counting down to either. My countdown is for something much more important than any of these things. I am counting down to my first post-race beer.
Back in August, I posted that I was going to be giving up drinking any alcohol until my half was finished. I had tried to commit to just 7 drinks a week, but was not very successful, so I went Full Monty and gave up the sauce entirely until I was finished. This has been the biggest commitment to my training, and if I had to do it over again I do not know if I would make the same decision. I have been to a couple of guy's nights out, a 5 year old's birthday party (yes, there was plenty of alcohol there), and 2 tailgates with hardly a sip of alcohol. I have been to our annual block party and several evening on the neighbor's back porch and stayed stone cold sober for them all. I am not saying that one must consume alcohol to enjoy these things, and I have not regretted feeling good every weekend morning. However, I would have enjoyed a good malt beverage or two at many of these events. And sadly, my lack of consumption has not translated into greater weight loss, mostly because I have over compensated with food. Simply, I have missed the taste of a good beer on a sunny summer day. I think there is almost nothing more American than drinking a cold beer and grilling some good food in the parking lot of a college football game.
Fortunately for me, the half marathon is almost finished. I am going to smear Apolo Ohno's personal best all over the course. And when I finish the race, I am going to receive my medal and walk straight over to the complementary beer tent (Thank you, Miller Brewing Co.) and have my first beer in almost 2 months. I know it will be before 10am, but I think I deserve it. Hell, I've been counting on it!