Stepping From The Silence

Posted: October 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

New Beginnings

I have devoted the past 23 years helping thousands fulfill their dream of completing a marathon!  It has been one of the greatest journeys of my life and I hope it continues for another 23+ years.  I have witnessed firsthand the resilience and the strength of the human spirit as a result.

Ironically, the runners I have been blessed to coach have inspired me to step from the silence of my past to reveal and embrace the things that have nearly paralyzed my hope for the future.  It’s time to take off the armor of my accomplishments and reveal ‘why’ I was motivated to chase such huge dreams throughout my life.

My silence has felt like a giant set of too tight handcuffs that never provided relief.  Because of the wonderful life I currently enjoy, thanks to my immediate family and the community of friends and runners I am blessed with, I am inspired to share what’s happened behind the curtain of my life in an effort to celebrate my journey and, hopefully, inspire others to embrace their past.

I realize we live in a world where certain things, particularly related to our families, seem taboo and should never be discussed or revealed beyond the confines of the four walls of where the darkness occurs.  But I cannot continue to carry the burden of silence any longer.

This journey of silencing the demons will be difficult, raw, painful and hopefully liberating.  I have no doubt it will be far more difficult than all the collective marathons I have run.  But it’s time to embrace getting comfortable being uncomfortable and confront the demons that have had such a hold on me.

I know I risk alienating my entire family but I have come to realize I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  My primary goal and greatest hope is my honesty will finally allow me to step from the shame and embarrassment I have been paralyzed by for far too many years and become a better husband, father, coach and person!

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