I remember the first time it occurred to me that I was the only one of all my college friends who did not have, by normal standards, a real job.
My friends were going to meetings in office towers or attending lectures in grad school while I was taking naps in an altitude tent and wearing compression socks. This thought occurred to me while stretching on a random high school track. Here I was at 11:30 a.m. on a Wednesday as the sound of the school bell rang across the empty fields.
A surge of fear passed through me. What was I doing with my life? A group of teenagers who were ditching class waved at me. I waved back and started my run.
“Speed Goggles” is a five-part series created by Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher, who also created the feature film “Tracktown.” Watch Part 1: “The Elite Runner.” Ms. Pappas will be competing in the 2016 Olympics for Greece.