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Time to face my addiction (to running)


Friday, September 30, 2011

I've been in denial about being addicted to something I used to hate, but a few thoughts that have skittered through my mind lately have finally led me to admit I have a problem.

"Should I feel worried that I wanted to throw up after running? I'd hate to have to tone it down just so I don't throw up afterward."

"Thank goodness it's lunch time so I can go run."

"I've already gone two and a half miles, and it's only 6:30 am. I might as well just do a 5K."

"I don't want to read my book while I run today; it will distract me from how good this feels."

"If I lose more weight, it will be easier for me to run."

"Maybe I should cut all my hair off so I don't have to worry about fixing it after I run on my lunch break."

"I wish I didn't have to stop yet."

Edited to add: Thanks for being concerned, those of you who took this seriously. I have only been doing between 11- and 13-minute miles, which is not very fast. I'm on a cushioned treadmill and have done a couple of tests to be sure I have no pronation issues. Heck, I barely even get sore on my longest runs, and have never run longer than 30 minutes at a time or even combo walked/run for more than an hour. The one time I started hurting more the longer I went, I stopped far short of my usual daily amount so I'd be sure I hadn't injured myself. I've gotten queasy twice, both times after a 5K distance, but the nausea passed quickly, and I think it was just a result of not taking time to cool down properly before taking a cool shower. I generally do 6 - 10 miles in a week, and always take at least one (but often two) full days off each week.

Heck, I even took this quiz: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/assessment_questions.
asp?quizid=77
It told me "You have a healthy relationship with exercise."

This was tongue in cheek. I'm loving running, and didn't realize that it might seem like I was being serious until after your comments got me to re-read it.
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CATHRINE2010 10/21/2011 4:41PM

    I love to run! It makes my life so much easier and my stress level lower! So don't be afraid to go farther and don't be scared to think about it! I think about going farther, going faster and just doing it. This is my fun. Go embrace yours. emoticon

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FELKINS 10/2/2011 5:44PM

    Funny, just last week at the gym with my sister, we were discussing that some people get addicted to exercise. I was saying (also tongue in check) that exercise would be a good choice to get addicted to.

Then, she mentioned that some people are addicted to cleaning. Also a good choice, if we get to choose our addictions.

Keep up the great work on your exercise!

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MAESTRACH 10/1/2011 12:04PM

    LOL!!! And I was running! Keep it up.

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MISSLISA1973 10/1/2011 12:54AM

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I love Tonic's Kool-Aid comment... emoticon

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SHERYL_B 9/30/2011 10:55PM

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REDHEADMOM2U 9/30/2011 10:41PM

    Run, run, run!

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IGSBETH 9/30/2011 9:52PM

    Awesome!

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/30/2011 5:35PM

    keep enjoying those runs :)

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AGRLNKY 9/30/2011 5:15PM

    LOL I think this is a positive thing!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/30/2011 5:08PM

    I think I've seen similar in other people's posts. I sure am liking the feeling after (A LOT) but addicted or obsessed yet? - NO! :) But then again, I'm not really running a lot yet.

Remember - Everything in moderation! Don't overdo it which could cause injury.

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JUGGLER63 9/30/2011 4:36PM

    I don't know about addicted, but a little obsessed maybe? The statement about not wanting to tone down the running despite feeling like you're going to throw up concerns me. I'd talk to a personal trainer (Nicole?) about it. And if you are joking about the whole thing...then congrats! You enjoy exercise!
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KLICKM 9/30/2011 4:20PM

    Well....it could be worse for sure!! Keep running!!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 9/30/2011 4:19PM

    OKAY, I DON'T MEAN TO BE A DOWNER, BUT I ACTUALLY TOOK YOUR BLOG SERIOUSLY AND AFTER READING COMMENTS, I AM QUESTIONING MYSELF.
I THINK IT IS AMAZING THAT RUNNING HAS BECOME A HEALTHY THING YOU ENJOY DOING, EVEN LOOK FORWARD TO DOING...BUT I ALSO WANT TO HEAR YOU IF IT'S IMPORTANCE CONCERNS YOU...I HOPE YOU ARE COMING FROM A POSITIVE SPACE AND IT MAKES YOU HAPPY...BUT JUST WANT TO CLARIFY...
BEST WISHES TO YOU.
TAKE CARE.
MARY

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BLUEROSE73 9/30/2011 4:12PM

    lol. that's great.

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 9/30/2011 4:08PM

    Better find yourself a program lol. Glad to hear that you are enjoying your running routine. It is so awesome when we find things that become addicted that are actually good for us! WAY TO GO!

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TONIC588 9/30/2011 4:04PM

    You totally drank the cool-aid.

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MEADSBAY 9/30/2011 3:46PM

    You got it good, girlfriend.
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BEACHGIRL76 9/30/2011 3:19PM

    Haha! Sounds like addiction to me! Thank God it's totally positive and excellent for you! You go!! :)

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