2013 Shamrock Run

Sunday Chris and I drove down to Kingston for the Annual Shamrock Run. This race is so funny. There are 5,000 people are running (and walking) down Broadway in Kingston to get to the end where they give out free beer from Keegan Ales, green bagels and shamrock cookies.

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This year was so crowded! I realized after running this race multiple times that you can’t run it for time–just for fun. My foot was feeling sore from the previous day’s long run so I took it easy. We finished in under 22 minutes! We wasted no time and went right to the post-race party for beer and green bagels.

My favorite–Keegan Ales’ Mother’s Milk, a milk stout!

We stuck around for a little bit and then walked the two miles back to the car and got to watch the parade go by which is always fun.

Do you run any St. Patty’s themed races? There is a local one which sells out really fast called the Running of the Green, but I have yet to run that one…maybe next year!

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2012 Shamrock Run

Yesterday was the 2012 Shamrock Run in Kingston! After having fun at this race last year, Heather and I decided we would run it again! This time, a few others joined us! Heather, Emily, Alicia, my sister and I joined us and we drove down to Kingston for the festivities.

I even ran into my friend Krista! You might remember that she ran the Diva Half Marathon with me back in October.

There were over 6,000 people running the Shamrock Run. It was way more crowded than I remember from last year. We waited for a half hour just to get our bibs and shirts, and that was a little bit annoying.

Anyway, the race was fun as usual.

I even saw a guy running with a giant glass of Guinness.

My sister’s goal was to run the two miles in 20 minutes. She wanted to keep up with me and Krista.

Before I knew it we were racing down the hill to the finish!

We finished just under 20 minutes, which was Julie’s goal! Yes!!

After we walked up to the community center to get our green bagels and Keegan Ales beer!

I had some Mother’s Milk…a delicious dark beer. Yum!

This picture makes me realize I should never smile without an open mouth, it just looks weird!

I also ended up running into my friend Laura who ran with us last year, too! It was so fun.

Anyway, after finishing our beer and bagels, we headed back the two mile walk back to the car and got to see the St. Patty’s Day Parade go by as we walked. It was nice. And the weather was so warm, it was perfect.

It was another fun Shamrock Run in Kingston!

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Keegan Ales in Kingston

Saturday morning after our amazing dinner, Chris and I had breakfast at the Inn, which was nice! They had a pretty good spread of bagels, granola, cereal, oatmeal and fruit!

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Sadly, it was pouring when we got up and headed into the village of Woodstock (we walked from the Inn). After checking out the shops, we headed to Kingston. There’s not much in Kingston. Actually, I ran a race there last month with Heather. But Saturday we had other plans.

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We went to Keegan Ales Brewery! Chris and I each ordered a beer. I got Old Capital. It was okay–not my favorite beer, actually. Keegan Ales was the beer I had at the end of the Shamrock Run, but I couldn’t remember which one I had after the race.

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We also split Mother’s Milk. It was dark and delicious.

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We decided since we had no real plans for lunch to order something here. We got some nachos and a quesadilla to share. Not too healthy, but they sure were delish.

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While were were at the brewery, there was also a bachelor party going on. We overheard one of the brew masters talking a group of guys about chugging beer from one of the fermentation tanks. What?? Seriously? They let people DO that? The answer: yes, they do. And its quite hilarious to watch.

Each member of the bachelor party got his chance to chug Mother’s Milk from a 30 degree fermentation tank, and the guy to drink the longest won! And only one guy threw up.

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They sure are hardcore…

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Anyway, after that amusing debacle, Chris and I went off to the Hudson Valley Mall to see a movie I’ve been waiting forever to see.

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Water for Elephants!!! Since Water for Elephants was one of my favorite books, I was so excited to see the movie! And I loved it! I was worried it wouldn’t do the book justice, but it was actually great. It made me happy.

After the movie, Chris and I headed to Rhinebeck, which was only a short drive over the river from Kingston.

To be continued!

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