Every day during our Indiegogo campaign we’re shining a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring John Rego, who recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary of being critically injured in Iraq. While overseas, a building collapsed on him, shattering bones in his right arm, crushing his hips and breaking his ribs, cracking his skull, and rupturing several of his organs. About a 1 ½ years ago, Rego got involved with the Wounded Warrior Project and their wellness program. There, he was inspired to work hard and get back into shape, and a few months ago he ran his first half marathon.
Here’s what he had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
Completing my first ½ marathon since I was injured over 10 years ago.
How did you achieve it?
By running and working out six days a week, and controlling my diet.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
Every time I look into the eyes of my 6-month-old son, I want to do everything that I can to make the world a better place.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I run 3-5 days a week, do high intensity interval training, and follow a Paleo diet.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Casey O’Donnell from the Wounded Warrior Project introduced me to Whole30 and the Paleo lifestyle.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
I get to give back to an organization that has done so much to help me and other wounded veterans.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for every other wounded soldier, to show them that even though they have been injured, they can still work hard and be able to heal both mentally and physically through physical activity.