WEEK 9 HALF SAINTS DAYS 5K & 10K Training Plan Starts
The fun continues this week if you are anticipating running or walking the 'tune-up' St. Patrick’s Day 10K scheduled in each of the running and walking plans. Last week’s post discussed how this shorter distance race fits into your half marathon training. By the way, you can find this week's schedule on both Part 1 and Part 2, which overlap a couple weeks to allow visualization of the previous training weeks once part 2 is officially entered, after the 10k 'tune-up' race.
This post will be about the fun of the holiday! Did you know the Irish in North America may have been responsible for the first St. Patrick’s Day parade? Bostonians take credit for an event on March 17, 1737 as a “gesture of solidarity among the city’s new Irish immigrants”, to “honor the memory of the beloved Patron Saint of Ireland”, according to information on the South Boston parade website.
However, a History.com item indicates that the first recorded parade took place on March 17 in New York City, commemorating the anniversary of the Saint’s death on that date in 461. Irish soldiers serving in the British army there had the idea of marching through the streets in 1762 to celebrate the holiday.
Wikipedia.com informs that new research has revealed the world’s first parade took place in the Spanish Colony of St. Augustine, Florida in 1601!
Regardless of the city in which the practice of organizing this parade originated, history.com says it all started because “early Irish settlers to the American colonies, many of whom were indentured servants, brought the Irish tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s feast day to America.”
In their home country, the Irish had observed this day as a religious holiday. They attended church services in the morning and then spent the afternoon enjoying food and drink. In the New World the feast day seems to have begun with festivities rather than church services. History.com says that, over the years, parades eventually became “a popular celebration of Irish-American heritage”.
And here we are now, with a recent history of using the celebration as an opportunity to run and walk in races, often times wearing crazy green or Irish-themed apparel! Until the Covid-19 pandemic closed everything down in 2020, that is. Enjoy your readiness to compete with yourself, a small group, or virtually on this day, earned by hard work and perseverance. Even if the raucous experience of joining a crowd on a fun course may not be possible this year as well, the day can be one of accomplishment and satisfaction. And it can be a day of hope that more ‘normal’ times are withing sight.
If your event has been cancelled due to coronavirus infection concerns, commit to running or walking it as a personal race of your own design. Don’t let circumstances out of your control derail your opportunity to train with this tune-up race.
Get your green on and celebrate the unofficial start of the spring race season.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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