Altra R.E.D. Team Member
My identity is deeply rooted in being both a father and a runner. They are two roles I take great pride in yet are also one in the same. Lessons I learn from one often apply to the other.
As a father and runner, it opens so many opportunities to connect and set a good example. My kids love to run with me, and they get to witness my 4am wakeups for training, discipline to make healthy food choices, and prioritize good habits such as adequate rest. They see the commitment, consistency, the trials, and the fruits of my labor when everything comes together in a race. In a way, they share in those “personal” victories of PRs and goal achievements and how to process and grow from failed attempts. They also get to be a part of the local tribes and community of like-minded runners, striving to be their best. They observe a powerful process and can make applications to aspects of their own lives.
In this picture, I ran a solo 50-miler, during the pandemic, on Halloween 2020. My kids dressed up and provided aid and shared some miles with me. My oldest, Hunter, even dressed up as me—a sponsored Altra Athlete! My 4-year-old, Trek, says, “I’m fast, just like daddy!”
The beauty lies within the legacy being built for generations to come. Running isn’t just a hobby in our household. As a full-time coach, it isn’t just a profession either, but a lifestyle that leverages a healthy vehicle to reach personal and spiritual growth as a family. Nothing brings me more honor than to see them live out the values I attempt to exemplify as their father!