Three Questions and a Pint: Noah Reighard

Three Questions and a Pint: Noah Reighard

Noah Reighard – marathoner

Three Questions and a Pint

Everyone has a story and sometimes it’s best when shared over a beer. Three Questions and a Pint is a brief interview featuring someone with an interesting story I’ve met at a brewery, along with their review of the beer they were drinking during our conversation.

Noah Reighard

Noah Reighard is a Boiling Springs, PA native who now lives and works in D.C. He started running as a kid at the encouragement of his mom who ran 5ks. “She would tell my friend and me to run before doing our homework. I used to pretend I was finishing the Boston Marathon.” He came full circle when he eventually ran the Boston Marathon in 2019. I caught up with him at Red Bear Brewing Co. in D.C. just before he ran the Marine Corps Marathon. He would come in 5th place out of over 19,000 runners with a time of 2:33:54.

Three Questions

What the hell do you think about when you’re running for hours?

I’m mostly doing math in my head; I’m thinking about my times and splits. Also every few minutes, I do a check-in diagnostic—how does my body feel; am I hydrated; how’s my running posture and form? At the beginning of a race, sometimes I’m talking to other runners in the pack. I’m also thinking about the people who came out to support me. I try to think very little about much of the run is left.

What’s a stereotype that most people have about marathon runners that’s kinda unfair?

That we’re neurotic. [laughs] I guess we are a little. I keep track of my running times when I train and I can geek out with other runners about shoes and on running apps. But the stereotype that running is selfish or solitary is a little misplaced. Many runners cheer for other runners; I usually say “good job” when I pass someone or stay at the finish line for a little while to cheer for the other finishers.

What’s your advice to someone who’s thinking about running a marathon?

Oh, to find your “why,” your reason to run such a long distance. What’s the intrinsic reason you want to run a marathon? It could be for the challenge or for a charity or a cause. Definitely find something that is going to keep you motivated to train for it and then to run it.

The Pint

Beer Review: Because he wasn’t drinking the day before the big race, here’s my review of Red
Bear’s DC Dirt that I had. It’s a smooth porter with roasty flavors with an ABV of 5.6%.

Three Questions and a Pint Series

Paul R. Kan

Paul R. Kan is the author of Hawai’i Beer:  A History of Brewing in Paradise which was a North American Guild of Beer Writers’ award winner and a #1 new release on Amazon’s Books on Beer.  He has written for Good Beer Hunting and is a regular contributor at The Beer Thrillers.  His current book project is Red, White and Brew:  The Beers and Battles that Shaped America.

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