Greetings from Texas! We made it back from Dublin almost two weeks ago, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t trying to talk my husband into moving back just for the sake of the better summer temperatures. Seriously, does anyone know if Aer Lingus (or any other airlines with hubs in Ireland) are hiring?! 😉
Incredible weather notwithstanding, I couldn’t have asked for a better time in Dublin (if you want to see some pictures, check out my Instagram: @mallorycmorris). Then again, I’d argue it’s hard not to have a great time when there’s wonderful people, great food, and a beautiful city involved. But, since you probably didn’t come to this post to hear me gush about Dublin, let’s get down to the real point of this post.
13+ weeks ago, I laced up my running shoes and started training for the Rock N Roll Dublin Remix Challenge. And two weekends, ago, I saw the culmination of weeks of work in the early-morning hours of a Texas summer with a 5K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. Yup, that’s right, yours truly actually ran two races that weekend!
For anyone not familiar with the Rock N Roll Marathon Series, let me explain: in some of their locations, Rock N Roll stages what they call the Remix Challenge: a short race on Saturday (a 5K or 10K) and a long race on Sunday (a half and/or full marathon). In my experience, the short races on Saturday are a great way to let someone get a feel for Rock N Roll’s events without having to take the plunge and commit to a half or full marathon.
And no, you don’t have to run both races of a Remix Challenge. But, for the runners that do decide to run both races (and there’s more people who go this route than you’d think), there’s the bragging rights/added satisfaction of an additional race, extra race medals, etc. It might also prove that we’re a little bit crazier than the typical runner, but that’s a debate for another time! 😉
(The two of us over the River Liffey on our way to the race.)
I’ll be the first to admit that I love Remix Challenges because of the extra bling (race medals) and the bragging rights. But Dublin reminded me that I also love Remix Challenges because the short race is easy. Think about it: if I’ve put in the work to get ready for a thirteen-mile race, then taking the Saturday of race weekend to run 3.1 miles becomes a piece of cake. Provided I’ve done the work to get ready for the half on Sunday, I’m not worried about running a short race on Saturday.
Unlike Sunday’s race, Saturday wasn’t about any specific time goal. There wasn’t the concern about pace, endurance, etc. that comes with running the longer races. Instead, Saturday was just about having fun and running for the sake of running. Under the right circumstances, the short races of a Remix Challenge remind of all the reasons I fell in love with running in the first place. In the end, not only was it fun, but I ended up finishing in 31:46! One of my running goals is to get my 5K time under 30 minutes. And while I obviously didn’t meet that goal, getting so close without worrying about it (or without actively trying to get it) was the perfect shot of encouragement as I continue on my running journey.