For many reasons, my story begins with running, and it took a long time for that realization to sink in. I grew up below the poverty line and my mother struggled badly with alcohol and drug addiction following my father’s suicide. He left us when I was about 3 months old. Eventually, I was deemed a ward of the court, and my grandparents stepped in to raise me.
With winter weather on the way and indoor workout options limited, many new runners and outdoor fitness buffs are finding themselves out in the cold for the first time.