Hector Espinal is a classic New Yorker: hands in everything, never stops, always hustling. Hec is co-founder of the influential NYC run crew We Run Uptown, co-founder of Never Not Bootleggin' (a clothing line that fuses streetwear and running culture), co-founder of After Miles (a post-party-for-hire by big brands at the some of the world's biggest races), a member of the Pansa Boyz (a run crew for men breaking body image/stereotypes). He's also a husband and father of two young boys. He's emotionally in touch with himself and openly shares his struggles and who he is with a keen awareness of how doing so will help others. He's made it his mission to bring health, fitness, and positivity to the streets of Uptown one runner at a time. Dan Fitzgerald will sit down with this sneakerhead, watch enthusiast, marathoner, and businessman to talk running, community building and all this other stuff tonight at 8:30PM EDT via Heartbreak's Instagram LIVE. Don't miss it!
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Bonds formed out of STRUGGLE. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This past weekend I ran my first relay and trail run. I’ve been running for over 5 years and I’ve always turned down relays because I didn’t want to hold anyone back. @bod3ga removed this mindset during our first conversation about me joining the team. My teammates were not strangers, they were friends who I’ve known for quite some time now yet I didn’t really know them until this weekend. I feel like our bond has become much stronger. There is a certain level of camaraderie that is born out of STRUGGLE. The night before the race we were up late talking race strategy and we all knew we were FUCKED but we kept our spirits super high. We joked all the way to the start line and that in itself was an experience. If you are doing something you love but you aren’t having fun then STOP because it will not be worth the struggle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #PANZABOYZ #ecny #northfaceendurancechallenge #WRUCREW #NIKERUNNING #Niketrail #werunuptown #NOTAFRAIDTOTRAIL #runningculture Photocred: @keefshoots