As my first semester of law school has come to an end, I sit here reminiscing about what the fall was like for me. Not only am I a student of law, but also I am still merely a student of this marvelous sport of running. I am constantly trying to make up for lost time, since I began running a little less than two and half years ago. I wasn’t lucky enough to be coached in high school or college, being shown what it means to be a runner. I was a completely different type of athlete who specialized in a different sport (a sport not known for running). However, now I am lucky to have the knowledge of Jarred Cornfield and Anchored Elite to help in my relentless pursuit of goals.
Throughout the fall term, I could often be found reading both legal material and case analysis, while supplementing it with the latest running literature. My nights would often conclude by staying up later than planned to catch up on the newest running science studies by coaches such as Steve Magness and Brad Hudson. I found myself constantly deep into the training blogs of the world’s greatest distance runners. All of which paid off when transferring it over to my own training throughout the fall.
My fall racing consisted of working countless hours throughout the week preparing for class in hopes of getting ahead, so I could have at least one day that weekend free to race. I ended up winning a trail half marathon, a road half marathon, and along side a few friends here in Richmond we took home the USATF Virginia Club Championship team victory. However, we were unable to travel to San Francisco for USATF Cross Country Club Nationals due to my end of semester exams.
I was able to balance the hundreds of pages in legal reading every night, along with the hundreds of miles a week. I jokingly would tell classmates and work colleagues, “The only time I smile is when I run.” Every mile came with a smile, but so did every page of scholarly work. I love being a law student and wouldn’t trade in the opportunity that I was given here in Richmond. My classmates would laugh before lectures when I would switch tabs on my computer from Flotrack over to last night’s case briefs, as the professor walked to the front of class. The times in the hall where I would have people approach me and say, “I saw you out running this morning,” outweighed the questions I would receive on a specific assigned reading for class. I would never trade the reputation as the “runner” in law school.
Furthermore, it was always nice to take the few shifts at Fleet Feet Sports Richmond, time permitting. It is nice to be able to go to my Fleet Feet family and talk running. It let me escape the tunnel vision and rigors of class. My time at Fleet Feet Sports allowed me to go in and simply talk to both customers and employees about this incredible sport. I cannot thank them enough for listening to me filibuster about both how much schoolwork I had, and also about the latest shoe updates and world record attempts. I was able to volunteer coach a training team, which Fleet Feet Sports designed, for the Richmond Marathon. While working the company booth at the Richmond Marathon Expo, I was even able to sell socks to one of my professors running in the race the next day. The rewards of my job are always present.
As winter break sets in, my main focus is to enjoy the time I can devote to being a runner, focus on my build-up for the Boston Marathon, and continue to further my running education. My teammates and I have strong goals for Boston. Not only are we looking to compete at a level that rivals the most elite runners in the field, but we are also attempting to bolster the reputation and good nature of Janji in the company’s hometown. I am also looking forward to being a “running nerd” and hopefully bump shoulders with the royalty of competitive distance running athletes that are in attendance every year. The history that surrounds this race is astonishing. Anchored Elite is on the verge of great things in 2016, and I am blessed to be a part of such a great group of athletes.
It is always my goal to, “Do more.” I am lucky enough to say that the wonderful people I surround myself with everyday and every run allow me to do just that, both as a student and a runner!