This morning I went for a 2 mile trail run on Walua Road in Kona, Hawaii. I ran uphill for about a mile and then decided to turn around when I saw a woman of about my age approaching and figured I’d use her as my inspiration for a faster run on the way back down. So, I followed her at her pace for about 2 minutes and realized that I wanted to go at a faster pace. (Mostly to just be done as it was getting hotter as the morning wore on!)
So, I ran in front of her and just set my own pace all the way back to my car. As soon as I stopped and opened the door she ran past me and said, “Thanks, Rabbit!”
I knew exactly what she meant. I had set the pace for her. A faster pace then she was setting for herself alone. She used ME as the energy to pull her along faster. And it felt great that I did that for her and she acknowledged it.
How often do we set our own pace, run our own race and become the drive for others to run faster, better their game, learn new tools, dive a little further out? As that woman had used me to get a better work out, I was thinking about my own physical hero, Nicole Nicolay, who is training for an IronMan and what she has to do each day to get in shape so she can cross the finish line and hear that ultimate statement, “Nicole, you ARE an IRONMAN!” She’s my pace setter. She influences me every time I get on a bike, run a hill or swim in the ocean. And she probably does not even know it.
We all have the ability to be the pace setter and look to others to set the pace. By being the best at your game, whatever game that is, you influence others to be better at theirs. There is an energy and ripple effect in that concept.
I wrote a short post on Facebook about this experience immediately after it happened and finished it by saying, “Feeling Inspirational”.
Then the post failed. I got the feeling that I was supposed to write the message in a place where people could share it. (Intuition is a powerful thing on this island).