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March 28, 2005

Springing On

Hi. Happy Easter, late. The past few days have been busily unbusy. Things have been happening, and they have not. First, congratulations to LH, the masterful planner of the GW EJF Race For Justice. She almost singlehandedly planned and pulled off a really great event that raised something like $1500 for GW's public interest law students, and she did this against a backdrop of lukewarm (at best) institutional support. In this, the race's second year, it had over 100 runners (up from around 50 last year), including a lot of community support. I talked to at least one law student from GULC who was thrilled to be supporting the EJF, even if it wasn't at her school. (That reminds me: If anyone from GULC is reading this, the GW EJF would be happy to work w/you to do a joint race or some other joint public interest fundraiser next year. Just let me know if you have any ideas or want to talk about it.) The fastest runner was a GW alum who came in at 16:56 for a long 5k (b/c of where we stopped and started, the race was longer than 5k, but I don't know how much longer). I can't even imagine such a pace. I finished in a rather sad 26:49, but I was pleased w/that since the last time I ran at all was probably last year at this time. Ok, so my time this year was a close to a minute slower than last year; that confirms what I already knew -- my level of fitness has declined in the last year. I hope to change that in the coming months. Maybe next year I can come in under 21 minutes? Or maybe not. Besides the race, the weekend was filled with family things as L's family came to town to celebrate Easter and see the sites. We attended a Capital Steps show that was absolutely hilarious. Part of it is coming soon to a radio near you, so check your local NPR station for broadcast times. (The Capital Steps would make an awesome podcast, but I bet they're worried about giving their material away in digital format that way since they also try to sell it on CD....). We also ate at Maggiano's Little Italy, which was excellent and highly recommended if you'd like a really good, really big meal and are prepared to pay somewhere around $30/person. That describes me almost never, but for special occasions, I'll certainly keep it in mind. In between the entertainment and the eating there were many games of pinochle and some rounds of Ratchet and Clank w/L's brother, all of which adds up to an Imbroglio who had a great weekend but who is woefully behind and bewildered by the fact that he actually has to be in a law school class in just over an hour. Do you ever put school so far out of your mind you can't even remember what you're supposed to be doing/learning/thinking about? I worry sometimes that I can do this so easily and so often; does it mean I don't really care about law school or becoming a lawyer? Whatever. Posting may continue to be sporadic for the coming weeks. The finals schedule is going to be three finals in two days in the first three days of the finals period, plus a 30-page paper that I haven't started at all, so I'm basically screwed for the next six weeks, not to mention the auction a week from Thursday. Yeah. Awesome. Oh, and it's raining hard outside. That just makes this Monday the best!

Posted March 28, 2005 08:49 AM | 2L life generally

Maggiano's is the perfect place to have a first date, too!

Posted by: Whitney at March 28, 2005 10:36 AM

hey ambiv, can you see if LH will post the race results somewhere? thanks!

Posted by: GW runner at March 28, 2005 05:17 PM

Any way to find out how long the race actually was?

I'm just starting out at running, and had an embarrasingly slow time, but I'd like to know exactly how far I ran.

Posted by: another gw runner at March 28, 2005 05:20 PM

Yes, I constantly do that to thoughts of ... what was it? ... oh, yes. Law school. Don't worry, you'll be fine! :)

Posted by: Denise at March 29, 2005 01:05 AM

Runners: I asked about the results, but I'm not sure anyone was keeping track of those details. They were concerned w/making sure they tracked the winners and let everyone know what their times were as they crossed the line. Anyway, if they have the results and can post them, I'll let you know.

Denise: I'm glad I'm not the only one. ;-)

Posted by: ambimb at March 29, 2005 08:16 AM

Again--how long in miles was the actual race length???

Posted by: I'll try again... at March 29, 2005 03:21 PM

Sorry, forgot about the race length question, but my understanding is that the race was something like 300 yards (approx. 300 meters) longer than a 5k. Would that be 5.3k, then?

I don't think anyone knows *precisely* how long it was, but one of the racers said the 5k course usually starts and ends in two different places, and from where he was pointing it looked like that would have cut about 300 yards from the total.

Next year the goal is to use ChampionChip timers, which will make all this distance and time business much easier!

Posted by: ambimb at March 29, 2005 04:24 PM

capital steps is awesome. my family always listens to them on npr on holidays.

Posted by: monica at April 3, 2005 07:13 PM

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