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Who Gets You to the START

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
–Booker T. Washington

I’ll be running the race with my training partner Curt Nuncio. I met Curt in Denver in 1999, at the time we worked at a local tv station, trained on Cherry Creek path and ran both the Colroado Marathon together and Chicago Marathon too (another co-worker and my husband joined us for that race,) and then we both moved on to different TV jobs in different cities. Fast forward 10 years and we’re both working in NYC again… and NYC Marathon will be our race reunion!

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Curt’s faster than me. Probably way faster but in marathon training, very little is fast so it works out. Curt’s a great training partner. He’s got stories to share, he’s a good listener, he can also run in silence. He will skip a workout if we want to postpone or go the extra mile if we need to do it. When you think about it… most people have a hard time doing the same thing for four hours… let alone doing the same thing with the same person for four hours! So, finding the right training partner is critical unless you are willing to train alone! Plus, if you like your partner, you’ll look forward to training.

Over the years, my training partners have included a wide variety of situations:
my hair dresser transformed to best friend and Warrior Dash partner,
my neighbor who had never run before/mother of 4/pediatric nurse who now has run several marathons,
a TV news anchor who lives thousands of miles away + we have never lived in the same city = we have run at least 2.5 marathons together and we ran together the morning of her wedding,

The point is this. I would not get to the finish line without training. But getting to the start line is always because I have the right training partner. I also think that the quote about “it’s the journey, not the destination,” was from somebody with a really cool training partner!  Love you all!

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