This past week was LIT’s Midterm Break. I took part in the Cook Medical Women’s Mini-Marathon here in Limerick. This 10K Charity Run was the first I had ever participated in and I absolutely loved it! Surrounded by 2,200 other women I got the chance to run through the streets of Limerick. Many familiar faces joined me as well. My fellow Celtics ladies Laura, Lauren, Orla, Lindsey, and were among the runners who accomplished this 10K! I registered late for the race so I had to carb up and avoid sweets for the past couple of weeks while I trained! Immediately after the race I had a brand-new jar of Nutella with my name on it!
The next adventure I went on was with Matt and his parents to the Cliffs of Moher. Ester brought all 4 of us to one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. In a small town called Lislarkin North in County Clare stands these magnificent Cliffs with beautiful clear blue water crashing into them. Since I was first accepted in the Victory Scholar Program I was dreaming of getting the chance to visit these iconic Cliffs and it was certainly worth the wait! I could have stayed there all day and looked out to the ocean. I didn’t want to get too close to the edge because I was a “wee bit” scared of the height. On our way back to Limerick, Ester stopped at Bunratty Castle and we all enjoyed a quick meal at Durty Nellys!
Afterwards, Matt, his parents, and myself were invited to Dinner with the Stapleton family. We had a beautiful meal and the best desert ever thanks to Laura’s amazing baking skills. I will now request Coffee Cupcakes a least once a month… This dinner was delicious but spending quality time with the Stapleton’s was even more meaningful.
On Wednesday Leanne and I went for a day trip to Galway! I got to meet up Christina, a high school friend of mine, who is studying abroad at NUI Galway. The three of us enjoyed a lovely meal, visited the water, and did some shopping. Christina and I sent a photo to our Alumni office at Mercy and they were thrilled to see us reconnecting in Ireland. Leanne was a great travel buddy and we are looking forward to more trips throughout the year!
For the rest of the week I was able to catch up on some homework, go to the gym, and start working on my Thesis. I spent the last 2 days of fall break coaching the U18 Boys in the National Cup Tournament. We faced some tough competition but I had a great time working with the guys. Overall, my break gave me plenty of time to rest and recharge for the second half of the semester!
Here’s to new adventures with good friends