It’s Thursday here on Earth, or at least in the American part of it. I suppose it’s probably Friday already is some other places, but we don’t like those places with their snooty, Ooooo, I get my Friday’s before you attitude, so let’s just assume it’s Thursday everywhere for now.
Being Thursday, I’m conditioned to look forward to this evening, because Thursday nights are when I usually try out a new beer for the week. It’s a good night for it for three reasons:
- because I’ve been conditioned since college to expect Thursday night to be a little bit laid back,
- because tomorrow’s Friday, and if you can’t sample a new beer or two in pre-celebration of the last day of the work week, what are you holdin’ on for, and
- Untappd (a web service where you check-in the beers you’re enjoying to keep track of ’em) has a badge for “New Brew Thursday”, which appears to derive from these guys. I like earning badges.
So I’m looking forward to my Thursday night beer, but there’s a new hurdle this week. You know, that whole running thing. Tonight I’m planning to complete the last of my first week’s worth of workouts.
One could probably argue that I should perhaps set aside my usual Thursday night new-beer tradition for a while, since the idea here is generally improve my health. But fie on that, I say! In my opinion, the point of the running business is to get healthier while still living life as if I’m, you know, living my life.
In other words, I wouldn’t be expecting me to hunker down with a case of power bars, a feverish obsession for austerity, and dollop of self-denial any time soon.
Tonight, then, New Brew Thursday will continue as usual, assuming I complete my training workout as expected. See, now it’s a reward for dedicating some time to self-improvement. Just like that, a weekly vice has become a end-of-the-week carrot.
And yes, in case you’re wondering, I can pretty much rationalize just about anything. I’m thinking about offering a webinar on it.
In the meantime, I guess I’ll go lace up fancy new jogging shoes. This beer’s not going to drink itself!