Zealous Woman and Zelle Hofmann Partner Shannon O'Malley completed the New York City marathon on Sunday, November 6 beating her personal best by 47 minutes. Below is a reflection from Shannon on training in Texas, running the marathon, and how being a marathoner makes her a better attorney. Congratulations, Shannon!
On November 6, 2011, I ran the ING New York City Marathon. My third marathon, it was undoubtedly the most difficult. But it was also a fantastic experience and a great conclusion to a tough training season.
You see, I live in Dallas, Texas. The summer of 2011 was the hottest summer on record in Dallas. We had 40 consecutive days above 100 degrees (just two days shy of 1980's 42 day streak). But we "won" against 1980 in that we had 71 days above 100 degrees over all in 2011 vs. 69 days. And the average temperature in Dallas this summer was 90.5 degrees as opposed to 1980's 89.2. All of this boils down to the fact that it was really hot to train for a marathon this summer. But I did. And I felt stronger for it.
The New York Marathon is legendary. It winds through all 5 boroughs of New York and the crowd support is simply amazing. I wore my name on my shirt and 2 million strangers called out my name and cheered me on as I sludged up the many hills of the race. With my brother at my side to pace me (and coax me when I hit the "wall"), I ran with heart and beat my personal best time by 47 minutes to finish under 5 hours at 4:53:26.
Being a marathoner does not make me superwoman (especially since I am not a very fast runner). But it makes me feel like superwoman. I feel almost invincible after a long, hot, hard run. And I take that feeling with me all day. I feel smarter and stronger at work. I know that if I can best the high temperatures and long miles, I can easily best my opposing counsel.
In the end, being a marathoner makes me a better attorney. It brings me clarity, confidence, and encourages perseverance. I try to instill my enthusiasm about running in everyone I meet. Because in the end, anyone can be a marathoner and enjoy the same benefits I have - you just have to want to do it.
To view a short article on the New York City marathon in the Dallas Morning News' running blog, including a brief mention of Shannon and her brother, Patrick, please click here.