While I was training for DC’s USA Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Mondays were hill training runs, which I did on the treadmill to make sure that I got a real hill workout. Honestly, it’s the part of training I hate the most. Usually, running is a mind-clearing activity where I burn off stress, get inside my own head, listen to music, and just…well, run. Hill runs are not like that for me at all. There is nothing fun or stress-relieving about hill runs. In fact, I often find they have the exact opposite effect. I spend the entire time either hurling curse words at myself (usually in my head, but occasionally the curses accidentally slip out for others to hear) or silently reciting some ridiculous mantra over and over again in order to keep myself running instead of giving into the urge to just walk up the damn thing. I hate every minute of those runs, but I do them. They make me a stronger runner, and, as I was training for a half marathon in DC, it was a necessity because the city is anything but flat.
So, since Monday , February 17th was day 3 of a long weekend for Hubby and me, I made sure to get my 4-mile hill run in early. I didn’t want it hanging over my head, especially since it was cold outside, and Hubby and I decided it was going to be a lazy, stay inside type of day. We took turns heading up to the gym, as he was experimenting with a new slow cooker beef stew recipe and isn’t crazy about leaving it on when we’re not home. For my part of the day, I was more than happy to spend it at home watching the 2014 Winter Olympics, knitting, and, of course, drinking beer.
The 2011 Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company Infidel (brewery) was a Belgian-style IPA from Idaho. The beer was a dark, clear amber with 3/4 of an inch of off-white frothy foam. On the nose, there was some orange zest, pine resin, and hops with hints of pepper. In the mouth, there were some oranges, apples, and pine resin mixed with hints of tea leaves, white pepper, and a not-too-bitter hoppiness. The beer was medium-to-full bodied with a lot of lacing.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this beer in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $9 for 22oz, this beer was smooth, well-balanced, and perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. It paired very nicely with Hubby’s stew, complimenting the meaty flavors without overpowering the food (or being overpowered by it). My one complaint was that I only had one 22 oz bottle, and the one I had went fairly quickly.
Question of the Day: If you’re a runner, do you do hill workouts or do you just keep it to a simple run?
Price: $9 for 22oz
Purchased at Whole Foods Market
Overall: 4 Corks