Anthony Clary founder of We off the couch

Running can take our lives through many journeys. As we begin our journey it’s really from scratch, we’re not sure what the future holds, what success will come, or what new endeavors we may create. It all depends on the work that we put in both mentally and physically and if we’re consistent enough it can lead to various doors opening. Anthony Clary is the founder of We Off the Couch. Anthony is changing the game using fitness and running in his community while leaving a legacy and empowering other to work hard to become the best version of themselves.

MSM: One of our goals with each article we do is to get to know the person behind the runner. Before running, what was everyday life like for you and how did it evolve to become a lifestyle? 

Anthony (Rock): Before running, everyday life looked like being a husband and father of four children. Advocating and providing services to the most mentally unstable and medically vulnerable persons likely to die on the streets. While also counseling our most vulnerable youth and their families. I also produce music in my spare time.

MSM: Running is not an easy sport, especially distance running. There’s always that one race, run, or group run that draws us into the rabbit hole. What was that moment like for you when you knew that the distance was something you wanted to tackle?

Anthony (Rock): I began running with a group that introduced me to my love of distance running. The moment hit me once I began heading out of my home on Sunday afternoons to run trails by myself. Since then, I've run several long-distance races.

MSM: Let's talk about those run stats. How many races, some of your favorites and some that are upcoming that you’re looking forward to?

Anthony (Rock): I've run over 15 half marathons and 5 full marathons. Some of my favorites are Run Richmond 16.19, 26. True and The Shamrock Marathon. I'm currently looking forward to running 26. True.

MSM: As you’ve progressed through the years with running you’ve become a leader when it comes to educating the Black community in health and wellness. The hardest thing for us in our communities is just getting us out to work out. What have been some of the things that you’ve done in the past that have helped others to stay consistent?

Anthony (Rock): The best way to help someone remain present and consistent is to remain present and consistent with them. Truly meet them where they are fitness-wise while simultaneously building a community around them of all fitness levels and watching them flourish. Providing praise and encouragement has also been a hit for us. We always scream and cheer.

MSM: It seems like you are all about this health and wellness lifestyle. What is a typical day like for you? I’m sure it’s insane from a scheduling standpoint when you want to get a workout in, most of all how do you find that balance when it comes time to have that mental reset?

Anthony (Rock): It's pretty busy most days and locating time can be challenging at times. However, appointing leaders and coaches has been key to ensuring effectiveness in operations and management of time for. I get mental rest by spending time with family, running, making music, and sitting on a couch with my therapist.

MSM: The beauty for those who are into fitness is that there’s always a constant push to be better from a mental and physical standpoint. What are some of the ways that you continue to push to be better?

Anthony (Rock): Moving slower in running and fitness has helped me to become a better runner during races or in moments when I just want to pick the pace up. This is also true for me in life. I've become a better human because of slowing and doing life for others.

MSM: Leaving a legacy is extremely important not only as a parent but as a leader in your respective community. We’ve come across many runners that are doing the same but from what I’ve noticed this feels deeper. This feels more meaningful. It feels as if the people that you’ve touched have felt the strength, compassion, and willingness to succeed in their fitness journey. They feel that those generational curses will and must be broken which is shown through their dedication to put the work in. How do you feel seeing people in your community look up to you not just as a trainer, but as a parent, and leader?

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