Running helped her overcome a traumatic childhood. Now, she gives back and motivates her clients.
By Henry Howard
Describing her childhood as “pretty traumatic,” Athena Farias found her escape through running.
When she was age 5, she considered herself to be all alone in the world. Farias says her parents were set to physically harm one another. She vividly recalls seeing her mom trying to shoot her father, and another time when he held a knife to her mother’s throat.
Farias was kidnapped briefly during a custody battle. And suffered sexual abuse as a child.
At age 12, Farias decided to go for a run, a decision that would be life-changing and life-affirming. “Running was my drug of choice at that time in my life and I am so thankful that I chose it.”
Immediately, she felt a sense of calm amid her chaotic life.
“I was gone for an hour or so and when I got back home I felt in control, empowered and at peace,” she recalls. “I knew that I could get through what life had handed me. Let’s just say it was my safe haven and I am here today because of running.” Continue Reading →