It was the best run of my life.
Back in April, I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 miler and I averaged 8:24 per mile. I was ecstatic then.
Since then, I had improved not only my training, but my diet as well. Was feeling stronger.
Except for the fact that I slept horribly on the night before, the stars were aligned. Beautiful morning. Got to the race in time to prep the body, as it were (runners know what I mean).
After I crossed the starting line, about 1/4 mile of the way in, I saw a guy next to me glance at his watch. I asked him our pace. “7:55,” he replied.
“What’s your target?”
“Right around there.”
So, I replied. “Well, I’ll stay with you as long as I can,” figuring he could pace me and even if I couldn’t keep up, at least I would have a strong start.
He said, “Sure, it’s always easier running with a partner.”
And, it was.
Not only did I get a chance to learn a bit about Nick Poulos’ life and perspective, but I had someone who looked after me-and vice versa-providing the little encouragement needed when-at various moments-your energy wanes.
Uphills, certain mileage points, and then the drive to the finish.
With Nick’s help, I was able to run the race of my life.
And it made me realize the importance of partnership in life across the board. Whether in marriage, business, or friends.