The Art of Speed Walking

October 9th, 2015 | Uncategorized

A year of this Limerick rain will surely help me perfect the art of speed walking.


Being that it is my seventh week on the Emerald Isle, you’d think that I would have learned by now that it rains ALL the time.  Especially Limerick. For those who don’t know, Limerick tends to get more rain than most other parts of the country. It is expected to rain at least once a day. With rain being so prominent, you would think I would be less surprised when it rains, and be more prepared. Carry an umbrella and raincoat in my bag at all times, just to be safe? Nope, I rather roll the dice and chance my luck.


Turns out, today was the first time my rain luck ran out. As I stepped out of my dorm leaving for class, I looked up at the sky and noticed how dark it was; definitely had the potential to rain. Instead of running back upstairs to get my raincoat, I continued to walk to class thinking I would beat the rain.


Within 5 minutes, it began to drizzle… I slowly picked up my walking pace. The drizzle turned into a heavier rain… I began to walk even faster. Then suddenly, the sky opened up… I was now walking so fast I might as well have been running. At this point, I was walking on the University of Limerick’s Living Bridge; a bridge that is absolutely gorgeous, until you’re stranded on it when it is down pouring.


As I hustled across the bridge, I thought to myself that this is karma for being such a slow walker all my life. Thinking back to my time in college, Waterford Scholar, and former roommate, Katie Fox, would always complain about how slow of a walker I was on our way to and from school.


The next time Katie sees me, she isn’t even going to be able to keep up with me! A year of this Limerick rain will surely help me perfect the art of speed walking. 


By the way, in case anyone was wondering… I did sit through a 3 hour lecture soaking wet 🙂 … one day maybe I will learn to pack an umbrella, just maybe. 


Victory Scholar: Sarah Benedetti

Present University: University of Limerick

US League: NEC

Club/Community Partner: UL Huskies

Alma Mater: St. Francis College 

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland


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