I’m pretty sure the closest thing to running hell on earth is the final five miles of a marathon for which one is ill-prepared. If you read my previous post, you know that I was training for the Marine Corps Marathon over the last few months. Last Sunday was the big day. I turned the half on Hayne’s Point (13 miles) at just over 90 minutes. I was flying, well ahead of my pace for my desired 4 hour finish.

At mile 16, I was surprised to find myself exhausted. At mile 18, both knees suddenly stopping protesting and began demanding. Stop! Defeated, I took a walking break. Throngs of previously vanquished fellow runners surged past. I picked it up again and ran a bit slower until mile 21. Then I had to rotate between walking breaks and running every mile.

At the end, adrenaline and inspiration (see previous post) pushed me through the finish at 4:11…. 6 minutes faster than my previous best, but not quite my goal of 4 hours or less. Clearly, my lack of long distance training caught up to me. Next time I’ll prepare better… and aim for a 3:30. The best lesson I learned from this marathon is that I’m capable of being a pretty fast runner… I just need to work on the endurance. I will train harder next time.

So, after a long week of interviews (6, to be exact) and a number of challenging classroom assignments, I ran 26.2 miles and had to spend the following week (which included several more interviews) limping (going down stairs was especially terrible!).

There is good news to report on the job front… I have an offer! I am still interviewing, however, so the future is far from certain.  But in this economy, it is very gratifying to have an offer, and I really like the firm that extended it, so I’m excited. I’ve also noticed that my interviewing has gotten better (or at least so it seems)… this could be because the pressure is off.

I watched this week’s historic election with great interest. Although I hope to keep politics largely out of my school blog, I think anyone can recognize how monumental this election was, and what it means about the state of our nation. I was surprised to find myself emotional on Tuesday evening, particularly at 11 pm. America is truly a wonderful place.

My first grades of the year have been reported, and so far it’s good news: I’m on track with my success from last year. I’ve felt slightly detached from classes this fall, largely because of all of the other demands of my time (recruiting, Consulting Club, and University Judiciary Committee). With the recruiting efforts winding up, the marathon behind me, and the UJC docket thinning, I am now able to get back to the very real and appealing task of learning.

My parents (maternal side) made the trip to Charlottesville on Friday for Family Day at Darden. I really enjoyed showing them around, and they had a good time attending classes. We had dinner on the downtown mall (which is fabulous if you’ve never been to Charlottesville). Saturday was a trip to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. What luck! Saturday was the official opening of the new visitor center, which is a much nicer complement to the historic site than the old ticket office.

As I wrap on this update, I recall it’s been several weeks since my last update. I hope to update more frequently as the year continues, and as other demands subside.