This is how I fight so-called "taper madness." Since I'm not spending all my time running or thinking about my next run, I'm obsessing over that celebratory beverage. And the taper has rekindled this drunkard's ingenuity.
As seems to be the scourge of every sizable marathon, Michelob Ultra will be handed out -- because who'd pay for it? -- at the post-race shebang. Martini and I have been brainstorming a way to combat this potential malady. Of course, there will be some off-site post-race revelry, but what do we do just beyond the finish line? How do we drink well immediately after we run well?
The answer lies in the carry-through gear bag.
- Soft-sided cooler
- Ice pack, which also can be used on legs
- Protective wrap to prevent bottles from breaking
- Beers, of course
- And don't forget the bottle opener