Suffolk University chatted with Christine a few days before she takes on the Boston Marathon.
Q: How has law school helped with your marathon training?
A: Distance running and law school are surprisingly similar. Just like you can't cram for a law school exam and receive a good grade, you can't show up at the starting line of a marathon without the proper training and expect to run a good race. Both require discipline, long-term planning, and preparation in order to succeed. Running is also a great way to de-stress from the rigors of law school. I find I'm better able to focus on my schoolwork after a good run.
Q: What's it like having Boston as your training ground?
A: When I do run in Boston, I like to go someplace quiet like the Esplanade, to avoid traffic and crosswalks. Nothing beats running across the Mass. Ave Bridge and looking at the Boston skyline.
Q: Why run a marathon?
A: I am running the Boston Marathon on behalf of The Jett Foundation, a non-profit based in my hometown [Pembroke, MA], that raises money and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The foundation was looking for someone willing to raise money and run the marathon on their behalf. Because I had done both of those things in the past, I applied and was chosen as the Foundation's runner for 2013. This will be my third marathon. [Ed-note: You can donate to Christine’s campaign here]
Q: What has your Suffolk Law experience been like?
A: My Suffolk experience has been wonderful. My professors and classmates are all top notch; despite the size of the law school there's a real sense of community here. The mentors I have met and the professional network I have developed while at Suffolk will be a valuable asset as I enter the working world.
Q: Advice to other marathon running law students?
A: Any law student who wishes to run a marathon must be realistic about the amount of time it takes to train properly. It can be done, but it's a serious commitment and involves adding another time-consuming element to the delicate balance of school, work, family, and the like. I recommend finding a good training plan and then treating your runs like any other important obligation that cannot be missed, like classes or work.
Christine Griffin, 24-years-old, is in her third year at Suffolk University Law School, from Pembroke, MA.