Mara Suttmann-Lea

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Running and the PhD

In October of 2013, at the start of my third year of graduate school, I ran my first marathon.

Today, I’ve run nine half marathons, five marathons, one 31-mile ultramarathon, and three 50-mile ultramarathons.

Running is not only a metaphor for completing a dissertation and being an academic (focus on the steps immediately ahead of you, be in the moment, the old: “writing a dissertation isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon” adage.)

It’s a process that helps clear my mind, give me ideas for work, and build the mental resilience needed to get to all of the academic “finish lines.”

If you’re not a runner and want to start, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me. If you are a runner and want to push yourself to run a marathon (or ultramarathon!) I can help with that, too. I’m always happy to share how this process has helped me move forward in my work as an academic.

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