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RUN THE WORLD: Henry Ward has been sober since November 17, 2008 and after his son was born in March of 2012 he noticed he was becoming squirrelly.
"Even though I wasn't drinking or using," Henry says. "I became restless. Sort of like a dry drunk. I knew I needed to do something."
He was going to visit a friend and Henry asked what they were going to do. "My friend was thinking about running a 8k race. He said he would run if I did. I said sign me up! I didn't even know how far an 8k was," Henry remembers.
"I hated every step of that race, and vowed never to run again. Every time a runner past me, I was angry. I honestly wanted to trip or elbow all runners I saw. But when I finished, I received a glass medallion. I also had a feeling that I will never forget. A feeling of accomplishment, and happiness, that prompted me to seek out another race as we drove back to my friend's house." Henry signed up for another 5k the following weekend and then a 4 miler. He was hooked. Henry is from Boston and currently lives in Tempe, Arizona. He is married and has a 6-year-old son.
"Family is always first, running comes second," he says. He is a chef by trade. "I get to sweat, lift things and log 30,000 steps at work alone! Plus eat! I love to eat. I eat 4000 calories a day," Henry says.
"I run to survive, to help me deal with life on life's terms. When I run and exercise I feel alive and it helps my day flow. If I didn't find running I would be a neurotic mess." He loves how he feels during and after running.
"The Runner's high, and endorphin kick was like no other. I am thankful that I found running, and it has changed my life for the better. Not only does it keep me sober and it helps me feel balanced," he says.
He believes that anyone can change, if they want to. "If I can change, anyone can! I have come along way, but know that I still have a lot of work to do on my personal character defects."
He moved up from the 5K to doing ultras. In 2017 he completed the 250K six day stage race, 4deserts Patagonia. In 2018 he did the Boston Quad which is running the Boston Marathon four consecutive times.
"The official marathon was number four. We had snow, freezing rain, 50 mile an hour winds and torrential downpours," Henry says. He wants to help inspire others and motivate many along the way. That is one of the reasons he joined the Run The World Challenge.
"I think the challenge is really cool because I get to connect with people who are doing the same thing for different reasons, and people from around the world."
He has two 100 mile races coming up and he hopes to qualify for the 2019 Badwater 135 race in death valley.(08/01/2018) ⚡AMP