My Super Bowl Sundays usually start early.
And no, it’s not because I keep going from the night before, it’s because I start my day with a run.
And not just any run, but with the Super Bowl 10K, a Super Bowl Sunday tradition in Redondo Beach, CA. With runners and groups of people in costumes and a beer garden at the finish line, it is what is known as a fun run. But with a course that is largely uphill and a steep hill just before the finish line, the run itself can be anything but fun.
That changes, however, when I hit the beer garden. There’s about a thousand people in it and it’s the biggest Super Bowl party anyone in it attends all day.
For myself and many others, that just starts the party. I mean, once you’ve started pounding beers at 9 in the morning, you can’t really go back home and chill out until game time. So we go bar-hopping – some places like The Slip are smart enough to lure in runners with 10K participant cheap beer specials.
Somewhere along the way, someone in our group knows about a house party or two so we head there and make a full day – and night of it.
Now you may wonder how we keep going and I can tell you it’s much like what the winning team gets in the Super Bowl: momentum. There’s also a bit of adrenaline pumping through the system after running 6.2 miles and having the euphoria of celebrating in such a fun post-race beer garden.
There’s also the matter of pacing one’s self, realizing the day is a marathon and not a sprint. And eating. Fortunately, most Super Bowl parties have good food spreads and we load up upon arrival.
Then there is another element that is the prime motivating factor for the day, starting with the 10K. Super Bowl Sunday is one of the best days of the year for single people. There are tons of singles at the parties and in the bars and they are in the mood to drink.
Everywhere you go – and by you I mean me, of course – you’re in a festive atmosphere that is ripe for meeting other single people.
Because of all these factors, I love Super Bowl Sunday.
Now let’s party!