Editor’s Note: The Following is an abridged version of a story written as part of a collaboration with The Globe and Mail. The story originally appeared in print on July 16th, 2016.
I have run over 130 marathons in my life. Last year, I ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times in one day to raise awareness for survivors of sexual violence.
I get up everyday at 4:15am and run for two hours. What I really love about Toronto, is I can cover most of our city throughout the week.
It’s cathartic to hear your footsteps pounding through the pavement. Crunching through the leaves. Or splashing in the water when it’s raining.
One of the beautiful things for me is running past Toronto’s churches. I can remember sitting in these churches, feeling completely lost and broken. But I can also remember feeling completely grateful for how my life has changed.
Thanks to Jean-Paul for sharing his story!