A Little Irish Luck On St. Patrick’s Day

Heading out for a lucky 4-miler.
Heading out for a lucky 4-miler.

Everyone knows St. Patrick’s Day honors the patron saint of Ireland, not those tiny men in suits hoarding pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. But it’s fun to get carried away with tales of leprechauns anyway. In fact, we can learn a thing or two about speed work from those little green guys.

According to Irish folklore, leprechauns often pulled practical jokes on the unsuspecting, sprinting away so quickly that no one was able to catch them in the act. If you do manage to capture one, he’ll grant you three wishes. Ask for all the happiness in the world, and he’ll give you a marathon medal. (OK, I made that part up, but see how fun this can be?)

Whether you’re celebrating with a St. Patty’s Day run or a pint of Guinness (green beer is for amateurs), I hope today is a lucky one!

No pinches for me! I'm wearing the greenest gear I've got.
No pinches for me! I’m wearing the greenest gear I’ve got.

An Irish blessing:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! How are you spreading the luck of Irish today?

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