“I joined the Army in 2008. I was part of that time where everything went fast. Basic training for 9 weeks, Advanced Individual Training for 7 months, then a few weeks off. Next, a month at the National Training Center in California, a few weeks back, and then Iraq. Throw in a marriage, my parents’ divorce, and the loss of my grandfather. It was fast, and it was different.

I spent the better part of a year in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, from October 2009 to October 2010. After we returned home, the year took its toll. I had lost people I had come to know as family. I developed an intense drinking problem. I had disciplinary issues as well as a run in with the law. My marriage fell apart and my life went on a downward spiral. I got demoted and was forced to finish out my enlistment in the Army Substance Abuse Program. Things didn’t look good for me on the outside and in 2012 I left the Army Honorably just before I was forced out. (more…)

 

Since joining RWB in November 2011, I’ve run a few 5Ks—always finishing last or close to it, and always feeling pretty bad about it afterward.  After a particularly bad 5K in the fall of 2013, I actually cried and vowed to quit trying and to quit RWB.  At that moment, Kirk Williams, RWB veteran, crossfitter, and great guy approached me, and in passing offered, “Just remember, you did more this morning than some people will do all day.”  Those words stick with me to this day and have carried me more miles than I thought possible. (more…)