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Bye Bye Beer Belly:

My First BeerIt is New Year’s Eve – four months until the London Marathon 2010. I’m in the Railway (a pub in Blackheath, London) with 6 friends. At 11:59pm, I gulp down the remnants of my drink (a cold pint of some devilishly cheap lager) and count down to 1st January 2010. This marks the start of my London Marathon training. At 12:05am it’s my friend Jack’s round.

“Same again?”
“Actually, I’ll have a Jack Daniels and Diet Coke please.”

Jack isn’t the type of bloke that will ridicule me for my girly drink choice, but he does question it. So when I explain that my New Year’s resolution is to quit beer until I’ve crossed the finish line at the London Marathon, he is supportive. And then he orders himself and the guys a hefty round of beers, and I immediately regret my decision.

Cut to April 26th. I’ve just finished the marathon and I’m in a bar on Long Acre. Funnily enough, Jack is the one who is buying me my first pint. That’s it on the right. I get as far down as the dotted line and can’t drink anymore. Admittedly, it’s not the best choice of recovery drink, but after four months without beer I thought I’d have no trouble finishing a pint.

The simple fact was that I hadn’t missed beer all that much.

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