In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview recovering addict, ultra-marathoner, and director of The Herren Project (THP) Runs initiative, Pam Rickard.
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“I don’t have to run, I get to run.” If you were to ask her, Pam Rickard would say that this is her life’s motto. After having running nearly stripped away from her at the pinnacle of her alcohol addiction, Pam discovered what it really meant to appreciate the sport upon which she based her wellness. As an alcoholic and an athlete for most of her life, Pam knew exactly how she could justify her daily addiction: so long as she could run at least 3 miles a day, she determined that she was okay. Attempting to ignore her problems, no matter how severe they became, Pam continued with her regular training. She even completed 7 marathons while still an active alcoholic.
After struggling for years with this heavy burden Pam decided to take control of her life. On April 17, 2006, she entered rehab at the Farley Center in Virginia and set her life in the right direction. In 2007, Pam ran the New York City Marathon as a fully sober athlete, and in 2009, she ran her first Boston Marathon, a long time goal of hers, solidifying the fact that she was successfully leading a clean life.
In leading a life as a newly sober runner, Pam found herself presented with the opportunity to work for an organization called The Herren Project, aimed at helping individuals just like herself. Chris Herren, a former professional basketball player and addict, whose story can be seen on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Unguarded”, founded The Herren Project in 2011 to answer the calls of those in desperate need of help with their addiction and to increase education and public awareness on the issue of substance abuse. Pam was asked to head up a new side of this organization called THP Runs, aimed at raising awareness and raising funds for The Herren Project through the running of road races, marathons, ultra-marathons, and Spartan Races. Today, she is the director of this program and takes her role to heart, considering it to be a blessing in her life.
Pam’s energy is contagious and her positive outlook is sure to leave you inspired and ready to take on any challenge that comes your way. I hope that you enjoy my discussion with Pam Rickard.
If you would like to see more of Pam, you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @PamRickard. To learn more about The Herren Project, head to http://www.theherrenproject.org/ and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @HerrenProject. For even more information about this organization, you can also follow @THPRuns on Instagram.
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