By now you should be well versed in drinking copious amounts of beer and doing it as fast as you can. It is time to see if you can drink copious amounts of beer as fast as you can AND run!
Beer Mile Simulation Training:
1) Find a safe, relatively flat 400-meter loop, or stretch of road.
2) Next step is to mark off your chug zone. For the chug zone you can cone or chalk off a 10-meter stretch inside of which you must consume your entire beer. You cannot take your beer out of the chug zone. This is important to practice for the chug timing. It is also a good idea to measure out how much liquid is left in the bottles or cans after your chugs to make sure you are legal.
3) The most important step, if you cannot walk or run home from your beer mile simulation training, you must secure a beer mile handler, also known as a DD. In the beer mile your support crew is everything. Look for a handler with a fun attitude and experience taking care of drunken assholes. Enough muscles to carry your beer and possibly you are a plus.
Remember what we learned in Beer Blog #3, practice makes perfect. The more you practice chug laps, the smoother they will be on race day.
Don’t think, just chug.
When it comes to chugging, the best strategy is to have no strategy. In the beer mile, your mind is your enemy. Your mind will tell you that you shouldn’t drink a beer as fast as you can, then run 400 meters as fast as you can. It will scream that you shouldn’t drink a beer as fast as you can, then run 400 meters as fast as you can four times. Your brain is stupid. Don’t listen to it. Your brain doesn’t want you to have any fun. My best advice for chugging strategy: don’t overthink it.
Don’t think beer chug workout:
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Practice makes perfect, folks! If you want to get better at drinking beer, DRINK BEER. As long as you aren’t driving it is the perfect time to train for the beer mile.
To make it fun, playful and competitive I recommend timing yourself or better yet, training with a friend. A little competition will help you reach the next level and shave seconds off your chug time.
Line up 2-4 beers, I recommend taking them out of the fridge 15-30 minutes prior to take the edge off.
Start the clock and GO! Try to finish each beer faster than the one before. I promise, this is a lot of fun.
Recover! I like to drink water before I go to bed.
If you are struggling to find time to fit in the training, here are some suggestions:
Don’t adult, train for the beer mile. Get shit faced. 2016 is an Olympic year, and you are training.
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Beer Mile Blog # 2
Question: How do you do it?
Answer: The Burp
The beer burp is crucial to a successful beer mile. The burp ideally takes place around the first curve. It relieves some pressure in the stomach and allows the beer miler to focus on running hard until the next beer. Failure to execute the beer burp can spell disaster for any beer miler.
So pay attention to the burp and try to get one out within 20 seconds of each practice chug as you prepare for the big day!
Practice with your favorite carbonated beverage!
Over the next 8 weeks, The Michigan Beer Mile is lucky to have World Record Holder Erin O'Mara blogging weekly about all things beer miling! Her first blog about the basics is below...
Whenever the beer mile comes up, particularly in mixed (runner and non-runner) company, there can be some questions. The big one being: “what the heck is a beer mile?” The short answer is: 4 beers and 4 laps of a track (or some other ¼ mile route). The cadence is beer, lap, beer, lap, beer, lap, beer, lap. Now some people think this is all fun and games, which it is. But we also have rules in the beer mile!
Here are a few of the big, and commonly violated ones:
If you’d like to see the real rules, check out www.beermile.com
Beer Mile World Record Holder, Erin O'Mara, Blogs her training tips leading up to the 2016 Michigan Beer Mile.