When Mariel first joined Runwell, she had just started running 5K races. She'd been in recovery a
Runwell welcomes Mariel Harrison as their newest ambassador! Hailing from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, she is actually pretty new to running, and she's interested in connecting with other runners for guidance and running tips. We reached out to her to find out a little about Mariel and the
I am a young person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder - which for me means that I have not used a drug or taken a drink since May 2007. For the majority of my teenage
I actually just ran my first 5K in September and I am running a second one on November 2nd. Running has been truly triumphant for me. I have always wanted to run. However I have always told myself that I had weak lungs due to my addiction - and that running for me was simply not possible. Doing this last 5K was a real eye-opener that I am self-limiting and that anything is possible if you work hard and believe in yourself.
Keep on keeping on! The sky's the limit!
I find it empowering.
Major challenges include obtaining
Stamina. Feeling like I am out of breath. Ankles hurt.
I very much believe that recovery must have a component of physical health and
With supporters like Mariel, we lift the stigmas associated with addiction by developing a community of like-minded individuals and athletes with a passion for helping lead their communities toward better health. Our work provides addiction recovery solutions through funding existing treatment scholarship programs along the continuum of care. Runwell is able to award these grants through the funds and awareness achieved by volunteers like Mariel, and the rest of the Runwell ambassadors - thank you! To join us or learn more, click here!