Submitted by Sarah Villanueva
Last month I ran the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. You learn a lot about yourself over 26.2 miles. You learn what motivates you, how determined you are, and how strong you are over those 26.2 miles. (Not to mention, all the aches and pains that develop; and who knew skin chafed so dang easily??)
When I started at my law firm, my mentor said to me, “Sarah, the one thing you have to remember is that this is a marathon, not a sprint.” I heard his words, nodded in agreement, but did not truly understand him. I just celebrated my one year anniversary with the firm, and have now run two marathons in that same time frame. And I think I’m starting to get it.
I came into the practice of law with high expectations; not only for myself, but also for my working environment. And – as I think anyone who reads my blog regularly would agree – I have not always been happy about what I’ve found. And I thought I could be that catalyst and start the chain reaction to alter everything right away. But, just like in a marathon, you may want to cross that start line with a bang, but if you do you will inevitably hit that wall at mile 14, 18, or 22 and wish you had started out slow and steady at a pace you knew you could manage.