Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Boyd.
Hi Adam, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
In 2006, I made the decision to run my first ultra marathon. I had no previous experience running marathons and the furthest distance I had raced was a 10k. After a grueling 31 miles, I finished the race and it unknowingly became a catalyst for my passion which didn’t start until almost a decade later. After that first race I had a run a few more ultra marathons but life got in the way so ultra running took a backseat. The sport kept calling me back. In 2017, I ran my first 100 mile race. That race was the catalyst I needed. I pushed my physical limits somewhere they had never been but I realized there was so much more to the sport. I had no idea how to fuel so I started reading a lot on nutrition which eventually led me to take a nutrition certification course. The other thing I learned during my first 100 is that the mind plays a much bigger role than I could have ever imagined. My whole body was screaming to stop during those late miles but I let my mind control the situation. I came back to work and told my tale of hardship and triumph during the race. It was the most amazing experience And I couldn’t wait to tell anyone who would listen. My chief at the time got wind of my tales and called me into her office. She told me the FBINAA was looking to choose 17 officers in the state of Arizona to be instructors for their resilience course. I jumped at the idea but was told competition would be fierce so prepare a well written essay. After the nomination was submitted I turned in my essay, and waited for the board to make their decision. A few weeks later I was told I was picked by the board to be one of the 17. Until that course I thought health had to do with physical fitness and nutrition. I started to quickly understand that heath has to do with fitness, sleep, nutrition, social interaction, core values,mental health, and purpose. After that course I obtained a tactical strength and conditioning certification from NSCA. I used my training to prepare our SWAT officers not only for physical portion of their job but also the mental aspect. As an ultra runner and SWAT Operator, I had an understanding of how important each element of health and resilience could affect our lives in so many ways. In 2020, the pandemic started and I now more than ever saw the importance of taking care of our body and mind. I wanted to take the things I’ve learned and pass it along to as many people as I could reach. I started Soleful Training as another way for me to give back to the community. The need for holistic health is glaring need right now. We cover the four pillars of resilience (physical, mental, social, core values) in our workshops and trainings. I want people to understand there is a direct link between physical and mental health.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s had its ups and downs like any new business. We are still in the baby stages so I expect many more bumps in the road. My biggest struggle is getting comfortable with social media. If I’m going to preach resilience and growth I have to be able to walk to the walk so I’m welcoming of the new challenges.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We specialize in the four pillars of resilience. What’s sets us apart is we don’t just tel you why resilience is important but we give you tools to improve each pillar so it can translate into real life improvement.
How do you think about happiness?
The better question is what doesn’t make me happy. I’ve found with the right perspective even a bad situation can bring light in unexpected ways. But to answer the question I find joy and happiness in my amazing family, new challenges, traveling, and Ohio state football. One thing that never fails is putting on a pair of running shoes and hitting the trails. The trails are my happy place.
- $150 for a 6 hour workshop
- Individual prices vary
- Corporate prices start at $125 per person
- Email: Solefultraining@gmail.com
- Website: www.solefultraining.com
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