About Me

As an attorney with ConocoPhillips, I don’t consider myself so much a lawyer who runs, as a runner who happens to practice law.  My practice is focussed on corporate real estate transactions (yawn).  I know.  Not exactly material for the next John Grisham novel, or David E. Kelly legal drama, but it pays the bills.  I’m a summa cum laude graduate (a bit of shameless self promotion) of Oral Roberts University and the University of San Diego School of Law.  This year, I’m attempting to break several tapes in my running life, including not only my longest run, but to continue increasing my longest run throughout the year.  I’m also attempting many racing firsts, including my first race altogether and first marathon. 

I’ve included a more detailed account of my running history and how I came to identify myself as a runner, rather than simply someone who runs in my recent post entitled, “The 2000 Mile Challenge“, the biographical portions of which I’ve included below partly because I find the incessant use of links in the body of blog posts terribly annoying, and partly because as a corporate lawyer, I’m very busy and important and don’t have time to write more about myself than is absolutely necessary to populate this obligatory “About” page.  Also, I don’t suspect that anyone besides my lovely bride and my indentured employees will actually read much of this anyway.  Even then, my wife will only read this because she loves me (quite inexplicably) and wants me to feel gratified for taking the time to exercise my creative bent by blogging about what I love, and my direct reports will probably hope that following my blog will stand them in good stead when it comes time for their annual performance reviews (actually, that may work out for them).

If you actually clicked on the link (above) to my previous post, I love you and want to become personal friends, and you can stop reading now because you’ve already read everything the follows.  If you haven’t taken time to read my post “The 2,000 Mile Challenge”, read on.  In either case, please “like” something on my blog, or leave a comment, or, better still, follow my blog so that (1) I can be held accountable to a larger, more diverse group of runners and friends, and (2) so that my poor wife can be relieved of her lonely post as my sole source of blogging gratification.

[Prior post about running 2,000 miles in 2012, blah, blah, blah…] When I was in elementary school, I was so awful at virtually every sport that doing poorly seemed appealing to me simply because it meant at least getting off the bench long enough to actually play.  Sensing that my desire outweighed my athletic abilities, a friend (spelled j-o-c-k) encouraged me to try out for the track team.  Unbeknownst to me, this was viewed by the cool kids as the athletic consolation prize for kids who couldn’t play any other sport (spelled m-e).  I consented, and relegated to the non-sport of track, I contented myself with what would certainly at least offer me the chance to participate (I had been told there was no bench for third string runners).  Then, suddenly and when no one seemed to be paying any attention, I began winning my heats.  All of them.  Within a single season of parochial track and field, running had transformed me into a school star, as I turned out to be one of the fastest 220 meter runners for my age group in the state.  That is, until I snapped my shin bone in half playing 8th grade football, and ended my scholastic running career as quickly and unpredictably as it had begun. 

After high school, running would again transform me.  This time, however, it was from civilian into soldier, as my Drill Sargent mercilessly and repeatedly forced our whole platoon to run, and run, and run what seemed like innumerable miles in full combat gear, in all weather, in all hours of the day and night.  I often wondered whether I had enlisted in the Army or the Olympic trials.  I was pretty sure Olympians weren’t so heavily armed, so the Army it must have been.  Later still, after returning from the Gulf War, running helped ease me back into civilian life, as I took to the streets before the sun rose to gather my thoughts during early morning runs through quiet, fog-shrouded neighborhoods. 

Finally, after  college and law school, and all the extra pounds that came with having spent the better part of a decade holed up in libraries surviving on sugary sodas and mcburgers while studying for the next big test, I began running again to lose weight and discipline myself for the Bar Exam.  As a result, running helped transform me from an overweight, non-traditional, thirty-something law student into a focussed, self-disciplined, super lawyer (notice the increased self-confidence).  

Running has, in fact, been a part of my life longer than anything else, and has therefore been that part which most clearly reflects not only who I aspire to be, but who, at any given time in my life, I am.  So this year, unlike years before, I’ve resolved to challenge myself to be more myself (as runner, that is) than I’ve ever dared to be.  Two thousand miles more, to be precise.  I have resolved to run 2,000 miles in 2012.  To get there, I’ll average around 40 miles per week all year.  I’ll include regular posts about my progress, training cycles, gear, races (did I mention I’m planning to enter and finish not only my first race, but a 10K, two half marathons, a 15K, and two full marathons), and much more.  I’m reasonably confident that I won’t be upsetting the elites at any of the races I plan to enter this year, but I do intend on setting lots of personal records, including breaking the tape on a 2,000 mile running year.  Gotta run.

  1. May 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

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