Orlando, Florida native Drew Lanier (JD and PhD) is a poly-sci professor and veteran runner of over 10 years. Just like us, he believes running is the ultimate form of therapy. And he should know, he only started running competitively when he was diagnosed with cancer, and running helped him kick cancer in the butt. Read his Runner's Life story here...
Describe what RUNNING is to you, in 5 words or less.
Running is a life metaphor.
How did you get started running and/or what inspired you to run?
I started running more than ten years ago, but I started to competitively run about three years ago around the time that I was diagnosed with cancer. Running provided an outlet as progressed through treatment and recovery. It provided a marker for how well I was doing overall.
Your favorite running moment?
Hard to say. So many moments come to mind, but probably my greatest running moment was completing my first half marathon in December of 2013 (time 1:54:26 - not my PR for the half).
Who/what do you think you'd be like today if you did NOT run?
I would be much more grumpy. Running provides an outlet. There is a saying that I agree with, “Running is cheaper than therapy.” It is extraordinarily therapeutic.
Why do you keep on running? and running and running...
It is a goal, an obstacle to overcome. I run to remind myself that there are challenges still left in life and to remind myself that others struggle even with daily existence.
What is your favorite post run/race indulgence?
A cool beer, or two, at the OUC Half Marathon.
Oddest, most unusual, weirdest running experience.
Can’t think of one that is unusual or weird. When I run, I regularly wave to passing runners and cyclists. Many times, they look at me as if I having a seizure or something.