Father's Day: Who Inspires You?
With Father's Day right around the corner, we wanted to dedicate this blog to all of the influential male figures in our community, both in the running circle and outside of it. So, we asked some of our Captains, Pacers, and Harlem Run Regulars to tell us about a man who has inspired them.
Who has pushed you to be a better version of yourself? Let us know in the comments!
A man who has inspired me is Herbie Medina. I met Herbie in 2012 but he has been a staple in the New York City Running community for over 30 years. He has always supported me with my running goals as well as my professional goals.
I grew up without a father in life since 1997, but I’ve been blessed to have many other father figures in my life, such as Paul (AKA "Dad"). Dad listens to and remembers everything, checks in, and helps celebrate the good and bad. Dad checks you when you need to be checked, but helps you learn your lessons on your own. Truly blessed to have such a wise person in our Harlem Run community but most importantly in my circle.
Pictured in the photo is my cousin, Troy, and my Uncle, Isaac Chestnut. Years after losing my father due to complications with HIV, my mom sent me to live with my uncle, aunt and two cousins. Having a father-figure and role model present in my life after losing my father was essential in my maturation to the man I am today.
My father and uncle both told me things at pivotal times in my life that stuck with me and I still carry today. My Dad always said he didn’t raise quitters and even today I think about it when I need to push through something challenging. My uncle told me to never be ashamed of my tears. Often, people expect strength to come in a particular form but he taught me to never shy away from my showing my emotions.
My father has always stressed to me the importance of never giving up. He instilled in me that giving up is never an option, like the little red engine- "I think I can, I think I can"! Thanks Daddy!
My dad inspires me. He has taught me to live life with kindness, perseverance, humility and laughter... With this you will leave your mark in the world.
I may look like my mother, but my sense of humor is all Daddy (The blonde on the right with the moustache...).