Who runs this town? Cherubs do

Left to right: Jay Post, Abby Murphy and Lily Dozier meet for a morning jog. Photo by Lily Dozier

Despite the long days spent interviewing sources, writing stories and attending lectures, some cherubs still find ways to squeeze in runs.

Often they run in the morning before class, waking up as early as 6 a.m. to hit the trail. Still, Owen Tucker-Smith of Williamstown, Massachusetts, said he prefers to head to the lakefront path between lunch and dinner so he can sleep in.

The most popular running spot is the Lakefill, largely because of the view. 

“I thought … I have to never stop appreciating how pretty this is,” said Abby Murphy of Arlington, Virginia.

But for longer runs, the Lakefill is just one stop en route to other schools, dorms and facilities students would not otherwise see.

“It’s a good way to get a feel for the parts of campus that aren’t usually visited by cherubs,” said Jay Post of Mountainside, New Jersey.

From the Lakefill, cherubs can gaze at Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Photo by Lily Dozier

Running also lets some cherubs recharge after long days socializing with their classmates.

“Cherubs is by nature a social experience,” Tucker-Smith said. “You’re always around other people, which is so fun and great, but it also means it’s nice to have solitary time.”

Emmet Jamieson of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, motivates himself to run early by telling himself it is a chance to listen to music or catch up on the news.

“It’s a good way to kind of get myself in the right frame of mind in the morning,” Jamieson said.

A few tips from Post and Jamieson:

Map it. To avoid getting lost, make a mental map of the region or use Google Maps to create a

route before even starting the run.

Get enough shut-eye. Go to bed earlier on nights before runs, and wake up early enough to fit in a shower and breakfast afterward.

A route Jamieson ran one morning. Photo by Emmet Jamieson

Put the program first. Work out, but stay in the moment and make the most of the five weeks.

Running is “not as important as having the best time of your life during these short five weeks while you’re here,” Jamieson said. “These friendships, they’re going to last you a lifetime, and if you waste away time running and going to sleep super early every single night, you’re going to really regret it.”