Bicentennial Woman

You know that feeling you get when you find something so amazing, so damn impressive that you simultaneously love and despise it? You’re so happy it happened, but just cripplingly frustrated that it wasn’t you? You want to explode, or maybe just sit still to bask in its glory, emotional diarrhea haltingly at odds with emotional constipation?

Yeah. That’s me right now.

Because at midnight last night, Stephanie Stark, senior at Ohio University, concluded her week-long documentation of a spring break challenge: The Bicentennial (Visit the blog here).

I’ve expressed my love for running back when I let you guys know how overjoyed I was that such a big-name brewer as Sam Adams acknowledged the unspoken tie between beer and running. And if you read that article, you know that I have a minor masochistic obsession with mixing the two (beer mile, 24-24-24).

With all this in mind, The Bicentennial is something I’d heard of before. Kind of like the 24-24-24 on steroids (or maybe just on alcohol), it requires the challenger to consume 100 beers and run 100 miles in one week’s time. I’ve seen it discussed on running blogs and it’s even given a nod in Beermile.com’s list of Beer Mile variations (see other variation, “The Protein Boost 4 Mile Burst”, WARNING: wtf-inducing). But Stephanie’s account is the most thorough, personal, humorous account I’ve ever seen, and is therefore quite notable.

One thing to note: die hard beer runners may take issue with Stephanie’s decision to modify the challenge for her “120 lb. female body”, lowering her beer count to 70 for the week (her two 200 lb. male cohorts did not modify the routine at all). At first, I found this customization disappointing, but upon pondering, I remembered that I haven’t been 120 lbs. for at least ten years, and haven’t been a woman for even longer, so I really have no idea what she’s dealing with. 70 beers and 100 miles in a week still adds up to a sh*t-ton.

So put down The Hunger Games and read about another fearless female warrior figure. I mean Katniss is great, but can she down 70 cold ones?

~Don Julian

P.S. Stephanie- if this ever reaches you… Damn you. Damn you, you awesome, funny b*tch.

Special thanks to DraftMag’s Beer Runner for originally reporting, article here (file also under things I hate to love/ love to wish I’d done first).

Stephanie’s Blog: The Bicentennial

Let’s Run thread: “100+ Miles, 100+ Beers… Death Before Dishonor” (Running Forum)

BeerMile.com’s FAQ Page (Beer Mile Interest Website)

Bonus link for reading the references (via BeerPulse via Beerit): http://i.imgur.com/DOloo.jpg

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