The Long and Winding Road

I’ve always found peace of mind when it came to exercise and sports. I ran track and field at 12 years old and enjoyed it until I was diagnosed with Asthma at 13. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been on a personal journey for self improvement and decided to become a part of the Harlem Run family 5 months ago in an effort to stay physically fit and mentally healthy. Over the last 14 months, I’ve managed to shed 45 pounds thus far.

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My experience with Harlem Run has been rather encouraging. I know a lot of the members outside of running but it’s been great getting to know them better through another outlet. Running has also helped me as a form of therapy. I’ve suffered quite a few tragedies and personal losses over the years and I now use running as a way to release emotions and pain that still exists within me.

As an struggling asthmatic, I’ve always had the fear of triggering it through physical activity but since I’ve started running, I moved up in 2 different minute groups therefore keeping it under control. And as I prepare to start my training for the 2019 NYC Marathon which I will take this challenge head on with courage and support.

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I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to grow through intellect, athleticism and resolve and I must thank the Harlem Run Family for the overwhelming support.

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-Joseph

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