Monday, August 2, 2010

If You Brew It They Will Come

I have no idea if the title of this post has been used as an advertising slogan, somewhere, sometime, but three rounds into my stint at the bar at Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, Indiana, I was suddenly struck by inspiration and I felt the need to announce this brilliant phrase of my own devising to my companion. Loudly.

In addition to Three Floyds, I also visited Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Two Brothers Brewing, and Old Hat Brewery. We probably would have stopped at Dark Horse Brewing, too, but it was too late.

It was an incredible weekend of new brew discoveries. The Ice Grille from Three Floyds was a delicious find.

But that's not what my weekend was about. It was about THE MOST AWESOME LONG RUN EVER! MYSTERY GUEST LOCATION REVEALED! (sort of.)


I'm on a boat! OK, not really. I wish I was on that boat...with my nautical theme pashmina afghan.

Best picture of the set. If you can't figure it out by now...

Look closely: there is a dog on that custom trailer. He looked as if he were having the time of his life.

There was a major race (half marathon) going on. I inadvertently fell in with the racers around mile 2.5 of my run and hung with them for about 4 miles. Let me tell you all, that was a HUGE boost. Even though I wasn't racing, I had the benefit of the live entertainment and all the cheering. I did NOT take advantage of the multiple water/Gatorade stops and wet sponge handout. Hello, serious breach of runner etiquette! I refused to take what was not rightfully mine. I could wait for a water fountain (although the first two I tried to use didn't work, and that was a massive problem as I desperately needed water to wash down my Gu).

I ran 16 miles total in just over 2.5 hours. It was an incredible run. What a treat.

So, savvy readers, in which major U.S. city did I do my long run this past weekend? Facebook friends, keep out of this one! No fair spilling the beans!

I have another 8 miles on the schedule for tomorrow...must go to bed now...


Kristin said...

Gotta be Chicago! I'll admit, being from the West Coast I don't automatically recognize the skyline, but I do recognize a Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon when I see one! :)

Viper said...

It's hard to get Three Floyds around here. And sadly, I have to miss my local annual beer fest. Boo-hiss.

Cheers to your beveraging!

zipdang22 said...

I've run that lakeside path on many a newspaper conference morning.

Definitely Chicago. Love that city.

(But I may be the only person on earth who despises the "Miracle Mile" - it just makes me sad...people walking around with thousand dollar purses and buying $60 socks while a homeless guy sleeps in the window of the Coach store).

-- Heather

MCM Mama said...

You were...huh? Oh, sorry, I got distracted by the brewpub links... ;o)

Morgan said...

Great pics!!!! So jealous of your run in Chi-town!

Running Diva Mom said...

I was running in the race pack -- sorry to have missed you. Sounds like you had a nice "destination run".