On this episode of Running Times, Gagz welcomes Padraig Mullins to the studio for a conversation about representing his country on the international stage. Padraig speaks with a brogue, and the Irish wit & humor are on full display as he shares his story of competing for Ireland at the IAU World 24-Hour Championships. Also told is the harrowing tale of being written off for dead at Badwater; how a 24 Hr race around a quarter mile track can be infinitely more entertaining than a scenic 100 miler; and why The Spartathlon in Greece is the greatest ultra finish in existence.
If running is an analogy for life, and not every race goes according to plan, then Padraig’s inspiring journey to qualify and compete for the Irish National Team has been anything but linear. A self-proclaimed Irish couch potato when he arrived in America nearly 20 yr ago, Padraig transformed himself into a fierce competitor who runs every mile with the singular goal of competing for Ireland. To date, he’s run over 100 races of a marathon or greater, has the heart of a champion, and shows no signs of slowing down.