During this time of Catholic uncertainty, one thing is known: St. Patrick’s Day will happen this Sunday, March 17, 2013. There may be a pope in residence at the Vatican, but there is also a leprechaun out there with a pot of gold at the end of some double rainbow – or so they say. Whether you adhere to the religious nature of the holiday or not, St. Patrick’s Day is certainly a day for feasting, revelry, and celebration. Those of Irish decent tend to take the “holiday” a little more seriously than other – as they should; it’s their heritage all over the place – and lucky for them it falls on a Sunday this year. Not only will this afford them a whole day of toasting their native saint, it also leaves time enough to get a good workout in before donning a green hat and pinching strangers.
Major snow last week put spring on hold, but a wet March and warm temperatures means that there should be something coming out of the ground or sprouting from the trees. Get up early this weekend and take a run or a long walk; you will feel much better about yourself later in the day. A good sweat goes a long way during a long day of drinki…I mean…celebration, so get the jump start on shedding some of those Guinness calories. Rain is in the forecast so you may get soaked, but it will be worth it in the long run.
If you want to combine your two passions on St. Paddy’s Day, sign up for the Oskar Blues 4 Mile Road Race in Brevard, N.C. on Sunday. The four mile road race begins at the new Oskar Blues brewery and runs flat and fast along Davidson River and Cemetery roads, before finishing back at the brewery. There will be a Celtic jam band playing at the tap room after, so bring your party pants. Register online or on race day beginning at 7:30am.