Hubby and I are both training for the USA Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in March. This will be Hubby’s first half, and my second…and it will also be just a few days shy of the 1 year anniversary of my hip surgery. Even though we took a few weeks off from training over the holidays and while we were in Italy, we’ve both been diligently sticking to our training plans. And, Saturday is our long run days.
This past Saturday, I decided to do my long run outside, even though it was freezing cold. Right before Thanksgiving my iPod Nano died, and I need to run with my Nano. For me, it’s not just about the music. In fact, what I love the most about running with the Nano is that it integrates with Nike+, which means I have a “running coach” in my headphones to tell me my pace when I hit the right button, as well as let me know each time I went another mile, whether I ask or not. So, with my old one completely unusable, I ended up with a new one. Unfortunately, though, the default calibration on the sensor wasn’t accurate for me, so I needed to head out to the track to calibrate my Nano/Nike+.
Originally, I planned to do run 1/2 mile on the track while calibrating, and then head back inside for the rest of my 10-mile run. I was sure 27 degrees was going to be too cold. Plus, I’m a slightly peculiar runner in that I normally prefer the treadmill. It keeps my pace consistent, and it usually feels like the runs go faster. Once I was out there running, though, it felt great. I followed a 6:1 run/walk interval and was weaving up and down the streets of my neighborhood. Before I knew it, the Nike+ running coach told me I was half way done with my run, so I texted Hubby to make sure he wasn’t worrying and to let him I was going to finish the run outside.
By the time I finished, my legs were exhausted, I was mentally worn out, I was glad to come inside in the warm, and I had my usual post-run beer craving. But, the run was one of the best ones since my surgery. It was also the longest, and it just felt right. So, I drank my post-run protein drink, showered, and gave into the beer craving by opening a Flying Dog.
The Flying Dog K-9 Winter Ale (brewery) is brewed in Frederick, Maryland. The beer had a dark, clear amber color with a 3/4-inch cream colored head. On the nose, there were baked sweet potatoes, walnuts, and something herbal. In the mouth, there was toffee, allspice, and pinecones mixed with toasted maltiness and a touch of molasses on the finish. The beer was medium bodied.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $2 a bottle, this beer was exactly what I needed after my long run. It’s a lighter winter ale, but what I particular like is that I don’t feel like I’m drinking a Christmas tree or a glass of potpourri. It has the nice winter spices without being overpowering. I paired it with a two slices of meatball pizza. After running and considering how cold it was outside, neither of us felt like cooking or going out, so we ordered delivery from Pete’s Apizza. Not only was delivery the right choice, but the pizza made an outstanding pairing for the beer. All in all, the K-9 Winter Ale isn’t my favorite of the Flying Dog beers, but it definitely is one I would grab again.
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Price: $2 a bottle (I bought 2 singles)
Purchased at Whole Foods Market
Overall: 4 Corks