Until recently, I was not aware of the speed mile with drinking involved. NOW I’ve heard of the beer mile, whiskey mile and tequila mile in various forms. Usually held on a track, the object is to run a lap, drink, run a lap, drink, etc… until all four laps are completed and all the drinks are gone. The person who crosses the finish line first wins. Naturally there are rules. You must finish every drop of the drink. You must put the cup in garbage can. Not completing either of these results in penalty seconds. Also, if you throw up it’s an automatic DQ.
How many laps you run to get your mile
I’m not a drinker so the only appeal for me is watching other people run around a track stopping to slam a drink and continue running until they start throwing up or get drunk. Possibly both. Capturing it on camera is even better!!
Our teams summer long Wednesday night track workout is at an end. Wednesday nights are the most busy with my kids, so I’ve only been able to attend once to be part of the team picture for our next year. Until two days ago. Last track workout?? Red Bull mile?? Well, alrighty then!! I rearranged driving with the kids (yes, it’s nice when you have a couple kids that drive!), fed them early, brought Chris and the 3 remaining kids to the track with me and was ready to get my Red Bull drink on. Red Bull due to the track being at a school with football season in swing (no alcohol) and to make it easier for the teammates who aren’t of age.
Gabrielle’s self portrait – she was camera girl
Kezia and Samuel looking thrilled to be there cheering!
Chris was my “timer”
Red Bull (and juice boxes for the faint of heart)
I’m second from left in my “I’m getting ready” stance!!
On right standing like I’m all casual when in reality I was a nervous wreck!! Coach on left being bossy as usual…
We got broken down into groups by how fast we are. I was in the Winged Women group (because Red Bull gives you wings!) which was the faster group with (I think?? 7 of us). Timers started and we were off!!! Run two laps, drink a Red Bull and run two more laps. I was nervous about throwing up after the Red Bull. I had never had one before, but I don’t like energy drinks as a whole and since I don’t drink them I assumed my stomach would rebel during the second 2 laps. What I didn’t anticipate was how hard it would be to drink 8 oz of liquid at a fast pace. It was SO much harder to drink that can than I imagined!! Chris said it took me 36 seconds to get it down.
On left going strong!!
I finished my last 2 laps. Lap 3 felt pretty good, but that last one I felt like my stomach was a balloon, I really did think I’d puke and I know I slowed down. I finished 3rd with a total time of 7:36 – Chris said without the stop to drink I would have run the mile in under 7 minutes which I think is pretty fast. Overall in the entire team only two people actually threw up (out of about 30) and we all had a blast. It was fun to push hard but do it for fun and compete against each other – just a bunch of teammates that genuinely like each other. Now about that beer mile…..