One of my favorite hobbies is day drinking. It's one of those rare times you know everyone's there to party if they're committing to a day of drinking. Two weekends ago was my favorite fall day in Kentucky. The horse races at Keeneland followed by a tailgate and Kentucky Football game. The weather was close to 80 degrees and sunny. Perfect conditions for a marathon day. This year I was smart....I made a plan for myself. I wanted to enjoy the whole day and feel ok on Sunday. I knew that drinking bourbon wasn't an option at Keeneland. I've been down that road before...it's ugly and the next day is even worse. The first move I made was to be in bed at a decent hour on Friday night and to make sure I was well hydrated. I woke up ready for the day...the only thing I had to get was my mini bottles to sneak into the football game. I had decided that I needed to be able to mix with diet coke, it's my fave and I didn't want anything with sprite. Obvious choice is Bourbon....again, not if I was going to be ok the next day. On Tuesday I did a practice run and decided on vanilla vodka...perfect mix, a vanilla diet coke! I swear when I pulled out of my driveway to go to the store it was like The Truman Show. Every car was pulling out of their driveways and where were we all headed at 10 am on a fall Saturday morning....Liquor Barn Express! I could barely get a parking spot. I was set for the game and ready for the races.
|at the races...|
My friends and I went out to lunch and started with a Bloody Mary and food in the stomach. It's always important to get something down or you'll never make it. Food and water are both essential in a marathon day. Off to the track...the safest bet (and I believe the most cost efficient??? didn't check the stats, but my guess would def be...) beer. I knew that they would be filling and I would be in good shape for the rest of the day. It was a great day at the races. I don't think I lost any money!! I ran into some friends and it was such a beautiful day. We all had a great time. Keeneland is so pretty in the fall!! If you ever have a chance to go, I suggest you do it! I left the track happy and ready to hit the tailgate. I wasn't tired at all and ready to keep partying.
|at the game!|
After a quick change and a bottle of water, we went to the tailgate. Again, drinking only beer and water. It was time to eat again and instead of "drinking my dinner", I ate. Smart move in a marathon. I'm sure the people sitting around me at the game were happy I went with that choice. Then, after smuggling my mini bottles in, it was one drink per half. After the game (actually after the 3rd quarter because the cats aren't the best) it was back to the tailgate. I was happy with the way my behavior was after seeing a turned over table at the tailgate by a drunken couple and a couple of wipe outs by people who clearly didn't listen to their bodies and the effects of their alcohol. My friend and I even decided to take a beer for the road and walk the couple miles home!! All in all, it was a great marathon.
|perfect night to walk home...full moon, crazy things were happening!|
The next day we were up by 9 and even walked a couple of miles to breakfast with a very productive Sunday. We couldn't help but pat ourselves on our backs for being so good at day drinking. Although, still not sure this is something we should be proud of...I may not have run 26.2 miles, but I've perfected a different kind of marathon...