By: Andy Raina, Most Informal Running Club Ever member Published:
Want to get active but don't know where to start? Turns out you’re not alone! We had beers with our friend Andy Raina from The Most Informal Running Club Ever (yes that’s really the name!), and we asked him to tell us about why being active was his “Take 5.” For him, it’s all about being part of a larger community and loving life.
He shared with us some reasons why people might find it hard to get active; sometimes it’s just tough to know how to get started. So he broke down 5 obstacles to getting active and how you can get inspired to well, get out there!
OBSTACLE #1 - “I don’t have a lot of money”
- Going out for a run is one of the simplest (and cheapest) activities you can do. It doesn’t require anything more than a pair of gym shoes. Just lace up and head out to your favorite spot!
- If you want something professionally organized, check out the athletic stores nearby. Many of them have free group workouts like group runs or bootcamps. These type of events are usually promoting a brand so you might even get some free swag out of it!
OBSTACLE #2 – “I don’t have the time”
- There are lots of video workout programs you can buy and complete at home alone or with your roommates. Not to mention a bunch of free ones on YouTube! Most of these workouts take less than 45 minutes including warm-up and cool-down! Anyone can manage to squeeze that much time into their day.
- Take 5 from your work day and take a 30-minute walk. Not only will it be great exercise, but it may clear your mind and improve your productivity for the rest of the day!
OBSTACLE #3 – “I don’t really know how to workout”
- Get inspired! Join a local gym around town! You can have fun in classes instructed by professionals in anything from yoga to biking to circuit training. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people in your town.
- Just grab some friends and hit the closest park or gym. Any activity with friends is a great way to get a good workout in while having fun. Sometimes the best workouts don’t feel like workouts at all.
OBSTACLE #4 – “I’m new in town.”
- What better a way to meet people than to getting active! You can start by joining a local rec league. Joining a sports team with a bunch of strangers is a great way to meet some new people you might not ever meet. Team bonding over some food and beers after a hard won game (sometimes even during…shhh) is a great way to build friendships.
- Looking online for organized group meetups is a great way to get involved in community oriented activities. These will be mainly activities like group runs and bike rides, but look hard enough and you'll find other cool activities as unique as parkour or rock climbing. These groups are super friendly and are always encouraging you to make new friends. Some of them even have huge networks that reach nation or even worldwide!
OBSTACLE #5 – “I’m active but getting bored with my usual routine”
- Consider signing up for a Harpoon sponsored race! What’s more fun than running a race with hundreds of other people who share your love of running and celebrating with Harpoon beer afterwards. Here are some events to look out for:
- Battlefrog Obstacle Course (Pittsburgh, PA) – August 8, 2015
- Harpoon Brewery Point to Point (Windsor, VT) – August 8, 2015
- 100 on 100 Relay (Stowe, VT) – August 15, 2015
- Craft Brew Races (Worcester, MA) – August 15, 2015
- Riverfront Scramble (Hartford, CT) – August 20, 2015
- Rugged Manic (Atlanta, Georgia) – August 22, 2015
- BattleFrog Obstacle Race (Cincinnati, OH) – August 29, 2015
- Rugged Maniac (Austin, TX) – September 5, 2015
- New Haven Road Race (New Haven, CT) – September 7, 2015
- Reach the Beach – September 18, 2015
- Rugged Maniac New England – September 26, 2015
- Craft Brew Races (Cape Code, MA) – September 27, 2015
Don’t see anything in your area? Look up mud runs, triathlons, or bike races in your city…there is bound to be something nearby!
Getting active is more than just being and staying healthy; it helps build a sense of community and self-improvement. What better way to celebrate your workout than taking your friends (new or old) and sharing a couple of post activity beers. Well, what are you waiting for? Get moving!
By: Harpoon BBQ Fest Veterans Published:
On July 25th and 26th, 36 barbecue teams from around the country will travel to our brewery in Windsor, VT for the 2015 Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue. Not only will teams be serving up dishes to be judged, but most will be dishing out loads of brisket, turkey, chicken, ribs, sausage (basically anything that can be BBQ’ed) along with sweet treats for purchase. And of course, we’ll have a wide variety of your favorite Harpoon beers available to help you wash it all down.
This festival is an absolute blast but it’s a lot to take in. So to help you out, we compiled some tips to help you maximize your festival experience:
- Prepare your bod: Consider staying away from meat for the week leading up to the festival and focus on filling your plate with fruits and veggies.
- Bring a designated driver: We’ll have plenty of beers on tap for you to enjoy all weekend long. Plan ahead and make sure you have your transportation to and from the festival figured out ahead of time.
- More Friends = More Food: This one seems obvious but the more friends you bring to the festival, the more variety of foods you’ll open your palate too…
- Pace yourself: With 36 barbecue masterminds at the festival, pace yourself. There’s no judgment if you only make it through half!
- Stay hydrated: "Meat Sweats," is a real thing, hopefully you took tip number 1 seriously. Add a beer or two on top of all that meat and trust us, water will be your best friend.
- Bring an extra shirt, or two: Spills are bound to happen, and being prepared is key. It also doesn’t hurt to change up your appearance to thwart any suspicion that this is your 5th time snagging a sample from the same vendor…
- Leave room for dessert: We know what you’re thinking, just what I need, more food! There will be fried dough, fried candy bars, fried cookies, and pretty much anything non-meat related that can be fried, fried. Some desserts will even be made using our beer!
- Leave your dog at home: Have we mentioned how much meat will be at the festival? That means there will be lots of bones, hot grills, and trash that we’d hate for your dog to get into.
- Take a Tour of the Brewery: We get it: there’s world-class food outside. Just don’t forget that we have world-class beer inside. Let our brewers show you were all the beer magic happens on a guided brewery tour!
- Get Here Early: This is one of our biggest festivals of the year, and while we’ve got plenty of parking, it pays to get to the brewery early for that primo spot. The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, duck fat fries and more meat than you’ve seen in your entire life.
So there you have it – 10 tips to ensure you have the best weekend ever. If your mouth isn’t watering, you may want to check your pulse! Let us know you’re coming >>> RSVP on Facebook!