After logging long hours studying, the best way for me to ease any tension or stress I feel about an upcoming exam is to lace up my sneakers and hit the pavement running. There is nothing like running through Lincoln Park here in Chicago, especially on a brisk fall morning before class. When I don’t make my morning runs, law classes can be difficult to sit through. But on the days I enter the classroom still feeling the effects of my “runner’s high,” the day breezes by. I first fell in love with running back in middle school when my aunt Emily was diagnosed with breast cancer. It came as a shock to the entire family but while we were feeling bad for her and thinking about how we could help, she was lacing up her sneakers and heading out the door. She would run for miles to free her mind and keep her body active. When she was undergoing treatment, there were days when she couldn’t run more than a block but would walk as far as she could. Some days she couldn’t get out of bed to run but she would urge me to “go get the run in for the both of us.” Aunt Emily won her battle with cancer and since then we have run dozens of marathons, 5ks, and mini marathons to raise money for cancer treatment and awareness of the disease.
I love running and I love it even more when I’m able to raise money and awareness for a worthy cause. Last year my aunt invited me to visit her back in Indiana and join her in running the Jill Behrman 5k Run. I was ready to go as soon as I got the word but after hearing about the cause, I was fully in. Jill Behrman was a student at Indiana University and an employee of Campus Recreational Sports. In 2000, she set out alone for a bike ride and she didn’t return. Three years later, it was discovered that she had been murdered.