Leo and I met in 2005 when I moved into the apartment next to him. We didnt become friends until midway through 2006, and at that point I was already training for the 2006 NYC Marathon. As time went on, Leo and I started hanging out more and going out drinking in NYC. Back in 2006, the bars still allowed people to smoke in them. I have never been a smoker, but Leo was. He was smoking about a pack or so a day. He would light up with me sitting next to him and used to get so angry. Here I was, thinking I was trying to be healthy, and then my friend was just smoking right next to me. There was a point where I finally had it and told him that if he wants to continue to hang out, he would have to stop smoking around me. Eventually, he did.
As time went on, Leo would see me do a whole bunch of races and eventually asked me if I would help him start to train for a race. We started small, but we made a goal for him to race the Baltimore Half Marathon in 2008. In order to do that, he would have to completely give up smoking. But time kept going and Leo would put the miles in and eventually we made it down to Baltimore for the half. I was so proud of him. He went from a smoker to now a runner. He was so happy that he finished and of course we had the 4 hour drive back up to NY to discuss each and every mile.
Leo then went big time in 2010 and did the NYC Marathon himself. I didnt want to do it that year because I was getting married too close to the race and would be on my honeymoon 2-3 weeks before so I couldnt properly train for it. So he trained for it by himself. He did great and enjoyed it the whole time. I was there on 1st Ave cheering him on and then after the marathon having post race dinner.
A list of some of the races we have done together:
Nike Human Race 2008
|Nike Human Race 2008|
|NYC Triathlon 2011|
|HITS Triathlon Hunter Mountain 2012|