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I really did mean to get a post up on this here old blog before January was over. I was all gung-ho with New Years’ resolution energy. Now here it is Feb. 9 and I’m just getting around to it. Eh, that’s the way things go. But, I didn’t want to let too much time pass and not mention the incredible feats of strength I witnessed last Sunday. I had a really great time being a volunteer at mile 24, the Hash Mile aka Beer Mile, for the Houston Chevron Marathon.
About a year and a half ago, I started running with a local group called the Houston Hash House Harriers. You may have heard of them, there’s usually a group in every major city. They claim to be a drinking club with a running problem. It’s funny, and probably true for a lot of folks, but I’m proud to say that in the H4, there are some elite athletes. We had lots of runners in both the half and full marathons on Sunday.
Essentially, at the Hash sponsored mile, we set up tables and hand out small cups of beer to runners as the pass us by. It’s really amusing to watch some runners grateful and excited that they get a beer, others just think we’re silly and a nice distraction from their pain, and some don’t listen to the yelling that we have BEER and think its water. That’s the best, watching the faces get all pinched and the looks of disgust when they realize it’s beer not water.
It was a fun and exciting thing to be a part of, and if I’m not running in the marathon or the half next year, I’ll definitely want to volunteer again. This year’s theme was Cowboys and Indians – I can’t wait to see what kind of cool stuff we do for next years’ theme, Pirates – Arrrrrrrr!