We are wrapping up our passion post series that we started in celebration of our 10 year anniversary as a firm. Our final spotlight is highlighting our founding partner Brett M. Amron. Among other things, Brett is an avid runner. In this post, Brett shares the importance of running in his everyday life. We hope you have enjoyed this opportunity to get to know Brett and the rest of our attorneys on a more personal level through this series. We thank our loyal clients and friends for the continued support, and we look forward to sharing and celebrating the next decade with you.
ALL THAT RUNNING
I run. I run a lot. I logged over 1,000 miles in 2019 and I’m on track to exceed that in 2020. It’s what I love to do. I run whether I am happy or sad, well-rested or tired, relaxed or stressed, in the snow or rain or sunshine, or if it’s 20 degrees or 90 degrees. And now during quarantine and self-isolation. Running is meditative for me. It clears my head, soothes me, and energizes me. I actually feel bad when I don’t run. Not every run is great. Some are harder than others, but those are sometimes the best ones. As in life, the challenges are what help me learn and grow.
It hasn’t always been this way for me. I didn’t run distances when I was a kid (confession: in high school, I was a sprinter and would hide off-campus when instructed to run distance, returning to campus about the time it should have taken me to complete the run), nor did I hike, kayak or spend a lot of time outdoors. This is something that has come to me later in life. In fact, distance running started for me about 12 years ago, and I converted to a plant-based diet about 10 years ago.
Twelve years ago I started my own firm, had 2 young children, and was ignoring my health. I didn’t exercise regularly and was not a particularly healthy eater. So, when I started getting sick all the time and feeling lethargic, I decided to make a change. I went outside and started to run, and focused more on what I was putting in my body. In the beginning, it was 30 minutes at a time; no watch to capture the distance or speed. After a setback due to pain in my hips that was cured by wearing shoes that fit correctly, I increased the amount of time and distance and worked on my speed. I moved into triathlons for a bit but returned to running as my main focus. Now, I get up every workday at 4:45 am (I sleep in until 6:00 am on the weekends) to exercise and be outside as much as possible. I try to run no matter where I am. I always take my running shoes with me when I travel. And I have found that getting out for a run (or even a walk) is a great way to see a city.
Running makes me a better lawyer too. I run without music, which allows my head to be clear of any clutter, and that usually leads to creative solutions to client or firm matters creeping into my thoughts. Those that work with me are usually on the receiving end of emails in the early hours of the morning proposing new ideas for our cases. They know when I have been out for a run.
Last year I started to take pictures on some of my runs, capturing some beautiful scenes. I share a couple with you here. It was pretty cool to sit back on January 1 and go through the photos. It’s amazing what you see when you get outside; especially before the sun rises. My 2020 photo journal is already filling up!
During the lockdown due to COVID-19, I’ve maintained my running regimen. Because I’m no longer commuting or driving carpool, I am able to run more miles per week. And I’ve started to explore different neighborhoods to avoid coming into contact with too many people. It’s been great. I’ve seen so many areas I’ve never seen before; despite living here for 25 years. And I’m still taking pictures, but mostly sunrises. Stay tuned for those photos!
Hopefully, I will see you out on the road (but at a safe distance)!
About the Author: Brett has been a litigator his entire career. He advises clients in complex business and bankruptcy litigation matters with an emphasis on director and officer liability, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership and shareholder disputes, fraud, and avoidance and recovery of preferential and fraudulent transfers. Brett represents court-appointed fiduciaries, trustees, receivers, corporations, shareholders, individuals, creditors’ committees, and secured and unsecured creditors.