Howdy, It’s been a while. I seem to be the king of comebacks the last couple of years. If I’m honest, I probably just enjoy the climb vs. the crest. Anyway, I haven’t done a fantastic job of playing the role of “The Reverend” for a while now. If I’m 100% transparent, I haven’t done a fantastic job of even taking care of myself for a while now. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Why is that? I’ve come up with a lot of excuses. The pandemic, getting COVID myself, losing my job, etc. But I’ve never really addressed the elephant in the room.

If you know me you know that a couple of years ago I did a crazy thing in Canada that didn’t work out so well for me. I pushed myself to my absolute physical limit. Short of dying, I could not give any more. I haven’t been the same since. I never really dealt with that. I think it’s time for me to deal with it, continue on with my fitness journey and get back to being “The Reverend.”

For the last, at least, 6 years I think that most of my “fitness stuff” has always been about “look at me” or “let me sell you something” or “Join my gym.” That’s not what LHRL is about. LHRL is about starting where you are and encouraging you to reach your goals no matter what they are. Oh, yeah, and you can Lift Heavy AND Run Long.🙂 You can do whatever it is you need to do to achieve your goals and we want to encourage you however we can to do that!

So, I’m starting where I am now. I’m not a gym owner anymore. I’m not going to be an “influencer.” I’m not going to try to convince you of anything except maybe to leave a review on our LHRL podcast.🙂 What I want to do is get myself back into shape, inspire you, and help you any way I can. So, I’m here. I’m training at Olive Branch CrossFit most days at 6AM and trying to follow some Can’t Stop Endurance running workouts as much as I can. I really want to get back out on the trails and race. Soon!

I’ve been to a place where nothing else matters except to just keep moving. I keep flashing back to my face smashing into the dirt in a Forest in Canada and thinking I just couldn’t keep going, then being in the Hospital and wondering if things might turn for the worse. It really changed my perspective and outlook on things. It gave me Empathic Strength. I don’t want to sell you anything. I just want to be your friend and give you advice if I can. I want to encourage you. I want to be the Reverend I know I can be.