This week (download here), the Geeks are happy to be joined by Tim, the Beer Runner (@TheBeerRunner). Tim is a runner, beer drinker, and blogger for DraftMag. He is currently at day 160 of a beer drinking/ running streak.
Tim got in some impressive numbers, continuing his beer/running streak to 154! He’s currently training for his first 50k in Chicago. Ray is getting closer to the Shamrock 8k, so training continues for that while Jason is still focused on cross-training due to continuing PF-type pain. He did manage to get in a decent 3-miler this week.
We also discuss the Hash House Harriers, “a drinking club with a running problem.” Started in December of 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, the HHH was a way to socialize, promote physical fitness, and work off the previous weekend’s indescretions. When the group gathers, a Hash run typical involves a member (a Hare) laying a trail for the rest (Pack or Hounds) to follow. Sometimes, the Hares will attempt to lead the group astray by laying false trails, short cuts, dead ends, etc. This promotes the group to stay together and all run the same pace. The social element seems to be as important as the physical, with the emphasis on beer. At the end of the run, the group goes to socialize more (typically called On-After, On-On-On, On-Down, or Hash Bash). Other special events held by the HHH’s include the Red Dress Runs, where both sexes outfit themselves in their nicest red dresses.
A down-down is a means of punishing, rewarding, or merely recognizing an individual for any action or behavior according to the customs or whims of the group. Generally, the individual in question is asked to consume without pause the contents of his or her drinking vessel or risk pouring the remaining contents on his or her head. Individuals may be recognized for outstanding service, or for their status as a visitor or newcomer. Down-Downs also serve as punishment for misdemeanors real, imagined, or blatantly made up. Such transgressions may include: failing to stop at the beer check, pointing with a finger, or the use of real names. Hashers who wear new shoes to an event can be required to drink from their shoe. In some chapters the beer is further filtered through the persons sock.
Many chapters include an ice seat or throne as part of the down-down ceremony. Those who are to consume a down-down sit on a large block of ice while they await the completion of the down-down song. If the offence that resulted in the down-down is particularly egregious, the hasher may be subjected to a long song with many verses. In some chapters the hasher must remove any attire that comes between his/her seat and the ice; others allow the hashers to keep their underwear on but require that the outer legwear be removed.
Tim tells us the origin story of the Beer Runner. He also goes into what the job of Beer Runner entails – and it sounds like fun! The guys were also introduced to another social run – the Beer Mile – four ¼ mile laps, four frosty beers. The marriage of running and drinking. Is it fun? Tim says it’s horrible. What do you think?
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Raymond also mentioned Runnawr.com – his new creation for sharing the racing events that you plan on running. If you’d like to see the races that Raymond has planned for this year and who else is running in them, check out his runnawr page at runnawr.com/user/adeyemiking
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