Like many sports, the marathon is the microcosm of life. Agony and Ecstasy become familiar feelings. – Dr. George Sheehan
My trip to Ireland started with a text message. Sitting on the train to work this past January, reading the latest issue of Competitor magazine, I stopped on the ad for the Rock ‘n’ Roll series. As I scanned the list, I noticed the Dublin date was near my birthday. ‘Nice. My sister has always thrown around the idea of going to Ireland. It would be fun to run there.‘ I’ve been struggling since college to figure out what you do with a Sociology (hint: it’s not Sociology…but I wouldn’t trade my major), so big trips never seemed possible…but maybe…so I snapped a picture and sent.
My main fuel the day before the race came from a parcel from Cornucopia (no comment) and my usual bananas. It was great to have my friends Molly and Dan there to cheer me on and really awesome to be in the same lineup with my sister. Happy extra-birthday-amazing-ness-to-me! I didn’t earn the time I’d wanted, 2:20:31, but I’ll get there. In the meantime, I have a badass little guitar and some awesome memories.
Dublin was a memorable experience, but I was pretty naive in thinking the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half was the only game on the island. Driving around, I spotted a couple makeshift signs for local races as we went through the counties. While in Donegal, I’d even gotten into a conversation about finding races; the young woman, Anne Marie, wanted something local race. I wish I’d known how developed Ireland’s running culture was at the time.
I got into the running culture in NYC, via NYRR…almost every race is hella early. When we drove into Galway after seeing the Cliffs of Moher in Clare, we sat down to a nice dinner. To come out of the restaurant just before 7pm and see a race starting was a novelty. Seriously, my kind of people! My goal is actually to save up and go back in two years for the 30th running of the Streets of Galway. Cross fingers!
Upcoming Ireland races I spotted:
Frank Duffy 10 mile, Aug 24, 2013 (Co. Dublin)
Waterside Half Marathon, Sept 8, 2013 (Co. Derry)
Moone Kilomarathon, Sept 28, 2013 (Co. Kildare)
Dublin Half Marathon, Sept 21, 2013 (Co. Dublin)
My next major race will be the Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half benefiting ASPCA. I’m excited I’ll be donning a team jersey!