Monday, December 5, 2011

Got a running question? Just ask Ramblings.....and get an Ortholite Insole

There are way too many people giving out advice, and I'm about to join their ranks.  I've decided to take this blog in a little different direction by answering running questions from other runners.  Perhaps this has been driven by a long held, yet never satisfied desire to coach, or by my life-long mission of being a know-it-all routinely giving out opinions.  You should rightfully ask, "What do you know about running that make you better than all the other experts?"

A good question I will not answer that question directly.  I will say I've been running for a long time, over thirty years since I was twelve.   I ran on high school and college track and cross-country teams and way more road races than I remember, from little neighborhood 5k's to the Boston Marathon.  There was a time where I was quite the training wonk, reading just about every book on running I could get my hands on.  And while I've had plenty of success at running, there's been lots of failures.  There's been plenty of injuries, and at one point, was 60 pounds overweight, so I've gone through the pain and frustrations runners of all abilities go through.   We all need help from time to time, and I do believe I have the experience and knowledge to draw on to help some of you out there.

So hope you will share your running question here with us, whether it be on training, racing, injuries, or anything to make your running more successful and enjoyable.  No question is too basic, fundamental or esoteric.  I suppose you could ask also a question about beer as well, but my beer knowledge extends to mostly having drunk a lot of it.  Send your questions to my slightly odd e-mail address at: photon(dot)dpeterman[at]gmail{dot}com or use the e-mail link here.

You can also post your question on the Ramblings of a Beer Runner Facebook page or tweet it via Twitter.

And thanks to Ortholite, if I use your question, you'll win a pair of Ortholite Fusion insoles.   Ortholite was previously found only exclusively in many of the top athletic shoes, but are now available for purchase to go in any pair of shoes.  Made with open-cell foam allowing air to circulate around the foot, keeping it cooler and drier inside the shoe, they also have a patented anti-microbial formulation (approved by the EPA and FDA) fights fungus, bacteria and shoe odor.  (Ortholite supplied the insoles and product information for this giveaway.)

Look forward to hearing from you all out there.   It should be interesting.


  1. Dear Beer Runner:

    I would like to know how one succeeds at the disciplines of running AND beer drinking at the same time? Way back when, in college, we used to have this contest called "The Chunder Run," which combined beer chugging with running all-out. Even after becoming the event's race director, which I thought would give me an unfair advantage, I came in second at the race and never won it. Oh wait, the second time I lost, it was... to you!

    Please help me, as being first runner-up at the Chunder Run for two years in a row has been the thorn in my side for 20 years....

  2. Beer Runner:
    Yes, Beer and Running go hand in hand. I've run twelve 100-milers and countless ultras and marathons, powered by beer.
    I'm an all-grain homebrewer, currently with 4 beers on tap: Double IPA, Belgian Tripel, Belgian White IPA, and an oaked Imperial Stout.
    I'm a race director. Please come run one of my races...I'll make it worth your while.

    Happy trails,
    Bad Ben