A friend of mine had a bad race at the Harrisburg Half Marathon last week. She had trained hard, but last Sunday, she just didn’t have a good race and was disappointed in her results. Knowing about my Boston Marathon experience, she asked me, “How did you come back from that? How do you get over a bad race?”
It’s true, in the days — sometimes weeks after a race gone “bad,” it can be tough to focus on anything else. After Boston, I had a really hard time dealing with it. I was so disappointed in my experience, and I felt like I never wanted to run another race again. Luckily, I’ve gotten over that, but it took some time.
Here’s my advice on coming back from a disappointing race:
Ditch the watch.I’ve written about this before, but I never wear a watch when I run. I map everything out prior to when I run, and just go for it. I know that most runners think that’s crazy, but it works for me. It makes me actually enjoy running because I am not staring at my wrist. I am not classifying this run as good or bad by what my pace is. I am just running. If I need a slow day, my legs make that decision for me. If I need a fast day, I pick it the hell up and go for it. Running without a watch has made me love running for what running is. Not for how fast or slow I am. This really helped me after Boston, because I never knew how fast I was running. I just ran to run.
Don’t blow it out of proportion. It’s ONE race. Maybe you had a bad day. Maybe you didn’t sleep well the night before, maybe you didn’t eat enough, maybe you didn’t taper enough, etc. Just because you had a shitty race, does not make you a shitty runner. Pick yourself up.
Kentucky is the birthplace of bourbon; a true bourbon can only be made in the United States. Corn must comprise at least 51 percent — but not more than 79 percent of the grain. This is what gives bourbon its sweeter flavor profile over rye-based whiskies. Master distillers may create a single-barrel bourbon from a single superior barrel, or a small-batch bourbon by blending a few of the best barrels.
Fun fact: There are more bourbon barrels in Kentucky than there are people.
Place first four ingredients in an old fashioned glass and muddle until sugar is dissolved. Add cracked ice and pour in bourbon. Top with a splash of seltzer, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale; stir gently. Garnish with a fresh slice of orange.
Knob Creek Bourbon Fizz – by Chef Michael Symon
5 sprigs thyme
1⁄2 oz simple syrup
1⁄2 oz lemon juice
11⁄2 oz Knob Creek Bourbon
1 egg white
2 oz orange soda
Muddle two sprigs of thyme and simple syrup in a shaker. Add lemon juice, bourbon, egg white and ice. Shake vigorously for one minute. Strain over fresh ice and top with thyme.
I’ve known Dawson Flinchbaugh since my first post-college job at a local magazine, where I was called upon to be a judge for the Keystone Regional Chili Cookoff, held annually during Kipona.
We became fast friends, and I was there for the opening of Flinchy’s. Not long after, he, his wife Betty and a handful of his fellow travelers (many high school friends of Betty’s!) also took me under their wing when I joined them on a trip to Egypt in 2004.
We’ve shared about a million stories — and plenty of drinks — since then. But Dawson’s long been an active participant in the greater Harrisburg area, from his time with Harrisburg River Rescue to, of course, his alter ego, “Chief Chili.”
This month’s What’s on Tap, the web series partnership with GK Visual, features the one and only Dawson Flinchbaugh (well, actually there are a couple Dawsons now …). Grab a drink, and take a watch:
Football is here. The air is cool. Yep, it’s officially time for pumpkin beers.
Here are some of the pumpkin beers I have my eye on:
Elysian Punkaccino - This beer officially combines a few of my favorite things: pumpkin, coffee and beer. Punkuccino is brewed with cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Elysian’s home town of Seattle as well as pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination has got to be amazing, and I can’t wait for it to pop up here in Harrisburg. Expect to see it on tap and in 22oz bottles.
Evo Jacques au Lantern - This is one beer I can’t seem to keep my hands off of. I think what sets this pumpkin beer apart is that it has more actual pumpkin flavor than the intense spice flavor. Also, it isn’t overly sweet like some can be. I’ve already seen this brew on tap around town but don’t sleep on it, like most pumpkin beers it won’t be around long.
ABC Rutty Buck - A newer addition to Appalachian Brewing Co.’s lineup, Rutty Buck is a pumpkin ale brewed with rye malts providing for a different depth of flavor. Rye usually adds a spicier flavor to beers and with this one, it seems to enhance the nutmeg and pumpkin flavors you’d expect to find in a pumpkin ale. Plus, nothing pays homage to our local season change better than a name like Rutty Buck as we start seeing deer road side again this time of year.
Pizza Boy Punk’in Disorderly – Al says he’s got his pumpkin beer all ready to go, he’s just waiting for it to feel like the right time of year to launch it. Fair enough. Last year, this beer had a pile of marshmallow fluff in it and seriously was straight up amazing. Keep an eye on the Al’s of Hampden Facebook page for the launch of this great pumpkin beer.
Both teams are coming off of division games to play another division rival in a short turn around. The Ravens lost to the Bengals in a close but sloppy game, and the Steelers were able to snatch victory from the Browns after giving up a 24-point lead.
If history is any indicator, this game will be close. Ten of the last 12 games played between the teams have been decided by three points or less. The Steelers hold the all-time regular season series lead 20-16. The Ravens, however, have won the last three primetime matchups. These teams have a lot of history, and it’s safe to say they dislike each other and that is putting it mildly.
The Ravens are coming into this game dealing with an unusual situation that could be a major distraction for the team. They recently released their all-pro running back Ray Rice, who was originally suspended for only two-games for domestic violence.
A video recently released by TMZ shows a lot more violence than was originally known and the team had no choice but to cut him completely. The NFL has also suspended him indefinitely.