To Party or Not to Party?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s hard to believe how quickly time flies…

Three years ago today I was celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland with one of my best friends, Hannah

Two Years ago I was at Hannah’s brother’s wedding in Washington D.C.

Last year: The Southie St Patrick’s Day Monsoon Parade

This weekend marks the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Boston, and it guarantees to be a HUGE party weekend. We all know that I have a party girl side. If Boston is the promised land of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, then Southie is the grand messiah. South Boston is a predominately Irish Catholic Neighborhood, and the pride for Ireland runs extremely deep! The festivities kick off on Thursday, continue on into Friday, all day Saturday and then Sunday during the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Sigh. So many beers, so many calories, and yikes THAT HANGOVER!

Needless to say, this year I’m not looking forward to this year’s festivities with the usual vigor and excitement of past years. I’ve been feeling GREAT when it comes to my health, nutrition and running. The thought of completely falling off the wagon for a full weekend is less than appealing at this point. This weekend is so crazy that in my prime it took over 3 days to recover, at this stage, who really knows!

So here is my plan for this impossible to avoid partying weekend:

Friday – This is always a traditionally low key weekend since everyone is gearing up for two big days and recovering from a mid week St Pat’s imbibing (I will not be partaking in this) So I’ll be able to work out, chill out and catch up on sleep.

Saturday – I’m volunteering at the World Multisport Conference in Cambridge, MA at MIT for DetermiNation from 10am-12pm, then I’m planning on running around the Charles River (a hop, skip and a jump from MIT), head back home to good old Southie and figure out my strategy from there. Maybe it’s a couple pints of Guinness and an early bedtime?

Sunday– This is the real conundrum, I want to run the Southie St. Patrick’s Day 5k at 11am, but friends and fellow St. Pat’s enthusiasts are telling me that “it’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever had”. With the new development that my friend Lizzy is now running Boston in just over a month, she has offered me her number in this race. So why not?! Even if I end up over imbibing during the end all be all of St. Patrick’s day celebrations* I can still get out there and have a good time.

Moderation is key, and I think if I tackle this weekend with the right mindset I will still be able to get in the spirit, get my sweat (and hopefully race on),  have a couple libations and avoid a near death feeling come Monday.

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What would you do? Party all weekend and fall off the wagon? Or, stay in and be good? Is there a middle ground?

*Chicago Natives, I make this claim but I realize that your St. Patrick’s Day is a rockin’ good time as well. Someday I will have to experience it for myself!


  1. says

    You could also go ahead and drink, then run the 5K while not giving any craps about your results! Though that has the potential to end very poorly…

  2. says

    LOVE THIS POST KIM! We have come so far. If I don’t join you for the race, I will be running at least 7 miles on Sunday morning. But I am also now running with Geoff on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. BEFORE the multisport… so I may not need the mileage at that point! 🙂

  3. says

    I don’t understand the question. Drinking a ton of guiness and running a 5k sounds like the perfect combination for the weekend!

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