"Is your why bigger than your how?" This is the question I continue to ask myself. On November 4, 2018 I will be running the New York City Marathon on behalf of the Herren Project. The mission of the Herren Project is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety through educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction. My "why?" for running the NYC marathon is is so much bigger than my "how". As a matter of fact, I have many "why's" that have become my how. My reasons for running 26.2 miles are what carry me through this training and keep me going when I want to stop.
On December 30, 2014, I lost one of the best friends I've ever had. I know how much it hurt me, but I can't imagine the pain his parents and sister felt as we laid him to rest. This past Christmas his mom gave me a chain with a picture of him in his football uniform on it. I wear it over my heart every day and I hang it on the treadmill on my indoor runs and it's the greatest motivation. I'm running for The Herren Project to honor my dear friend and to try to make sure no family ever has to feel that pain again.
I myself have been in recovery for over nine years now. As I enter into my tenth year of continuous sobriety I can't help but reflect on the pain and suffering I caused my own family--my parents, Glen Sr. and Paula, and my sister Angela. Many sleepless nights and emotional pleas for me to seek treatment fell on deaf ears for many years. Remembering those times remind me of how far I've come and how far I can still go.
Last, but certainly not least, my amazing wife and two daughters Faith and Marley inspire me to be the best me I can be. They have never seen me under the influence of drugs or alcohol. That is something I don't take for granted and work every day to make sure they never do. It's a scary world out there with so many obstacles for kids to overcome. I'm running so my girls will have resources and education to navigate through life healthy and prosperous. Together we can make a difference. Please consider making a donation to this great and ever so relevant cause!!
If you prefer to pay by check you can send them made out to The Herren Project with a note saying you wish to have it applied to Glen Harrington's NYC marathon fundraising to The Herren Project PO Box 131 Portsmouth, RI 02871
I sincerely thank you all.
Peace and Love, Glen A. Harrington Jr.
THE HERREN PROJECT wrote: The Herren Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established in 2011 by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, to assist individuals and families struggling with addiction. The programs and initiatives developed by The Herren Project are a direct response to the increasing number of young people across the United States that are experimenting, using and suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol; or are at risk for such. The Herren Project develops and sponsors initiatives in specific areas of focus including prevention and education, treatment navigation, wellness and community building, and support and mentoring. Together we can make a difference, celebrating life and supporting one another. To learn more: www.theherrenproject.org