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I know a lot of people out there hate cardio. If you even mention the word, “running,” you’ll be met with eye rolls or groans. Personally, I used to be there with you. As a former lineman, I never would have thought I’d ever enjoy going out and jogging a few miles. But here I am, asking you to go out on a limb and give it a try too.
Many runs out there will give you free beer, or if they’re really fun, beers. With the Craft Brew Race Series, you get a three-hour craft brew festival with unlimited samples. You have the chance to burn a few calories, release some endorphins, and follow it up with unlimited craft beer for three hours?! Shut up and take my money.
Pro tip: I’ve ran a few events with a backpack stocked full of tallboys on occasion. They make for a great finish as you slam them crossing the finish line Stone Cole Steve Austin style. Plus you can’t go to the after party without a little pre-game.
Almost every run is going to have some varying degree of free gear. Free shirts, samples, or jackets are the traditional things you’ll get at just about any running event. However, some runs will throw in koozies (a commodity you can never have enough of), headbands, pint glasses, or medals that double open as bottle openers to help you drink that free beer even faster.
I can’t really explain why a bunch of people out running are so damn happy, but without a doubt, they are. The running community is literally one of the nicest groups of people out there. Whether you’re about to clinch a world record, or crawling across the finish line at a snail’s pace, you’ll have people cheering you on. No matter where you are a run is never short on smiles, high fives, and good vibes.
Meeting tail on the trail.
Single? A run is also a great place to meet someone without swiping right. I would be a liar if I said I haven’t gotten, or given out, a number making small talk over a free beer. So what are you waiting for? Go out there and try to turn those 5Ks into Three Xs, just try not to finish that race too quickly.
Exercise is good for you. It’s science. I’m in no way qualified to try and explain the health benefits of running, but a post from Harvard Health is. And I quote, “even five to 10 minutes a day of low-intensity running is enough to extend life by several years, compared with not running at all… there is a mood elevating, quality-of-life benefit that comes from being a regular exerciser.”
It keeps you motivated.
I used to run a lot more than I do now, and it’s starting to show. It’s easy to let yourself go. It’s easy to come home to Netflix every night without something to motivate you. Without something driving you or a goal in mind, you can lose focus. Signing up for a run will help get your ass off the couch and into a smaller size set of jeans. Commit to signing up and take the time to properly train. You’ll get healthier in the progress.
The post-race party.
At the end of this list, and many runs, there is the post-race party. This is where you get to eat the free food, drink the free beer, and start day drinking if you have a designated driver. If you don’t like parties then I can get why you wouldn’t like this. So unless you hate free food and parties this is self-explanatory.
By now I hope you’re realizing the twenty to forty-five dollars they charge for a run is worth that in the beer and gear alone. So what are you waiting for? Go out and sign up for a race today.
And if all else fails…
Do it for the Instagram.
See you at the finish line. .