Many people know me as an athlete. Rower, Swimmer, Volleyballer, Softballer, even a semi-ok basketballer. But contrary to popular belief, athleticism does not equal running prowess. When it comes to running, I suck.
Be it bad knees from years of illl kicking practice in the breast stroke or bad form from only needing to run during AYSO soccer, running and I have never really seen eye to eye. There was a stint when I took to running on the weekends and even got up to 4 miles at a time. However, it quickly dissolved when knee pain turned to hip pain and put an end to my beginning of running.
But now, through rowing, I have a friend who is a marathoner. Not just one, but several across the country. No matter how many times I try to tell her I’m not built for speed she brings on challenge after challenge that I swiftly deny her. This time however, something is different: there’s beer involved.
Yes, many runs are for charity. And yes, many runs have fabulous after parties. But not just any run carries the name ‘Harpoon’. If you’ve ever attended a Harpoon fest before, you know of the joy that fresh beer and new friends can bring. Being an athlete – and humanitarian – folding charity (proceeds benefit the Angel Fund) and sport into the brand name brings me to a new place in my running: maybe I can complete a 5 miler.
I’ve been approached many times for charity runs, and have considered, but never felt the pull that I feel for this. Its not even about alcohol, its about the brand. I approve of it. I like to align myself with it. Its Boston. Its mature. Its always fun but responsible. How could one not want to participate in such a run?
If I can do it, any one can. Want to join? Registration opens tomorrow. Check out the info here.