Thursday, August 1, 2013

Running and Beer

I realized something today, while discussing running with my children. None of us sees the value of running. For one thing, it's boring, sweaty, difficult, boring and not fun. We were talking about the merits of dancing, parkour (which my son is REALLY into lately), and even most sports as being superior to running. Because running is boring. 

Unless you're The Doctor. In which case, running is awesome

But to be fair, I told my sons that I understand from die-hard runners that if you run enough, eventually you begin to really enjoy it and even love it and crave it. 

Which sounds an awful lot like how people have to acquire a taste for beer.

I've never had beer, but I've smelled it and EW! Why would anyone put that on their tongue??!

What I understand about beer is that you have to drink it a while to get used to the taste and eventually come to a place where you love it and crave it. 

Like running.

So, using a home-grown scientific analysis method, we have deduced that running=beer.

Running requires tolerance for the ickyness at the start.
Beer requires tolerance for the ickyness at the start.
The more you run, the more you begin to like it.
The more beer you drink, the more you begin to like it.
If you keep running, you'll eventually love it.
If you keep drinking beer, you'll eventually love it.
Running is addictive.
Beer is addictive.
Hence running=beer.

It's scientifical. It must be true.


Diane Cottrell said...

I have never thought of it that way. Too funny. As someone who is currently training for a half marathon, I think I agree with you.

Chris said...

This is a funny take on parallel thinking. We had a Priesthood lesson yesterday by an instructor whose logic was flawed and several of us called him on it (but kindly, I hope). I told a friend sitting next to me that his thesis reminded me of an old Woody Allen joke: Socrates was a man. All men or mortal. Therefore all men are Socrates. And another guy, a retired mathematician used a similar analogy that he said was a classroom favorite. If Paul loves Sally and Sally loves Bill, does it follow that Bill loves Paul?