The Event Cause Effect

At every event it seems that you will eventually hit a wall. It is that moment where your energy is at its lowest, your legs are yelling at you, that one toe really hurts, a muscle you didn’t know you had is cramping and/or your mind is just telling you that your body is done and you really can’t take another step. Then you look up and see a hill/obstacle/milemarker and realize how far you have yet to go. How do you push past the barriers? What makes you go on when the going is toughest? Digging deep on your own… Read more


From Doolin to Inis Mór

I went to Ireland for the first time in 2009. I had heard on NPR that the country was in the throws of an economic crisis and I thought to myself, that might mean cheap flights. It turns out I was right and managed to score a flight from NYC > DUB for $310 round-trip. I didn’t consider Ireland on the top of my travel list at that point, having been to very few countries, but I knew it was a good opportunity to see a new place without breaking the bank. Since I wasn’t well traveled at that point,… Read more


Local Brews

I wander into my NYC local and sidle up to the bar. I check the chalkboard for the specials as I do but know Jason will likely know better what I will like. I look down the line and see a few familiar faces and then one that surprises me. It is weird to see Dave on my own side of the bar. Usually my fave Irish bartender is adeptly pouring and telling tales up the street at a sister bar. With a smile, I walk over, squeeze into the space next to him and say hello. I am in… Read more


The Dublin Half Marathon

A little over two months ago Jo mentioned that she wanted to run a 13.1 as part of her training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Having now run a few races outsides of the states, and outside of comfort zones, I suggested we find one in another country. Low and behold, one of our favorites had a race at just the right time- Ireland. It didn’t take much convincing for either of us to go back to the Emerald Isle, we had met up in Dublin for New Years Eve and made our way around the country in the week… Read more


People Are Inherently Good

Once you have traveled to enough cities and town across the world, you will invariably have a story of your wallet stolen, the cabbie who took you for a ride, rooms broken into and the “irreplaceable” taken. I have my own. You know what? They all happened in the grand old US of A. Does that mean that I’m never going back to America? No. Well, at least my family who expect me after a year of being gone will be a little disappointed if I don’t return next Tuesday because I had some bad experiences there. As I prepare… Read more


Having a Blast in Bunratty

Nelly’s Blessing May the road rise up 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. In a previous post I wrote about being conscious of the “moments” that happen in any given year. While some moments are the culmination of hard work and planning, like crossing the finish line of a marathon, some are complete surprise. Our night in Bunratty, Ireland was very, very unplanned. As Joanna… Read more