With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I would like to take this opportunity to explain to you what it means to me as a runner. The weather is becoming a little warmer and this is my personal kick off to the racing season. Every year I participate in the Shamrock Shuffle in downtown Chicago which is eerily close to running five miles of the Chicago Marathon. The atmosphere is exactly the same and approximately 25,000 runners take the starting line based on corrals. This race weighs heavily on my mind in September of the previous year because that’s the time I strive to get a qualifying time that will keep me somewhere near the front. Gotta’ be first to the beer tent ya’ know.
I strongly suggest that if you have not do so already, find a St. Patick’s Day race near you. Have a little fun and because it’s early in the year, use it as a gauge to let you know where you are in your training efforts. The best website to find a 5k, some green suds and maybe even your pot of gold is Running In The USA. Just click on “Find A Race” and select your state on the map. And as always, “Run for fun, but race to place.”
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