“My mantra is Run Positive,” Nathan says.

Running has become Nathan’s therapy, his calming force, and his way of moving forward after suffering a brutal attack in front of his home in Santa Clarita and years of PTSD afterwards.

Nathan ended up in the hospital for four days. All four orbital bones around one of his eyes were broken, his nose was broken in two places, he had some vision loss, and doctors were worried about brain swelling.

“They nearly killed me.”

And as horrible as this incident was, what was even worse was that after it happened Nathan had to spend the next several years trying to get someone — anyone! — to care about what had happened to him.

“I had PTSD from the incident itself, but then also the added victimization that happened again because the police never did anything about it,” Nathan said. “It was added salt in the wound that took a really, really long time to deal with.”

Read about how I used running to heal from his injuries — both physically and mentally — while also qualifying for the Boston Marathon in the full blog post.

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