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Running Is Bad For You

Trying to maintain your health is not always easy. You need to get exercise, stretch, eat right for your body type, fill your mind with positive thoughts, and take care of your soul and spirit.

It is a tall order.

This past year has really worn me down. I haven't been able to take care of myself the way I would like. Eating is been a real mystery with all the medication. Read that gained weight. The steroids have been brutal. Not to mention they have ruined my eyesight. I see an eye surgeon tomorrow.

It is depressing, very depressing.

I spend every morning trying to talk myself into doing everything. I have all these possibilities I should do, need to do, and even things that could be fun to do. I just keep waiting for my headache to go away.

It never does.

On a good day, I get showered and dressed by 10 am. Other days the goal moves to 4 pm. I believe running kept me strong for all the surgery that I have had. The problem? Running and chronic pain are just not friends. Some days it feels like running is bad for you.

But I can't seem to stop.

Want to know the real reasons that running is bad for you? It's addictive. According to MediLexicon International, these are the symptoms of addiction. I am adapting them to running.

The person cannot stop - because it will kill your race time. DUH!
Increased appetite
 – I finally got my movement to equal my intake. I have to run 50 miles a week.
Taking an initial large dose - Starting the race too fast. Running without a warm up.
Insomnia - a common symptom of addiction also known as pre-race jitters. The bigger the race, the sooner it starts.
Continues despite health problems - taking a cast off to run 5 miles, not listening to all sorts of pain etc.
Social and/or recreational sacrifices - You don't run, you don't understand.
Maintaining a good supply - Fortunately there is plenty right outside the front door. The higher quality stuff is at races.
Risky behavior - the addicted individual take risks to make sure they can obtain their substance, by stealing or trading sex for money or running shoes.
Risks while under the influence - the addict may engage in risky activities, such as hugging people they don't know at the finish line or taking runs with people they have never met from Facebook groups.
Dealing with problems - an addicted person commonly feels they need their drug to deal with their problems. Running cures everything.
Obsession - an addicted person may spend more and more time and energy focusing on ways to make time for running, travel for running and to improve their performance.
Secrecy and solitude - in many cases the addict may hide new shoes from their significant other or register for races on their anniversary weekend. Run alone without music.
Denial - actually, no runner has a problem. Not even a little one.
Withdrawal symptoms - one word: marathon tapering! OK, two. Anger, resentment, food. Did I mention food?
Excess consumption - run streaks, marathons, ultras, back-to-back half marathons, 3- and 4-way challenges, there is just not enough running.
Blackouts - cannot remember chunks of time. In particular, how you felt after the marathon when signing up for the next one.
Having stashes - GUs, Stingers, protein bars, and shoes. It seems hoarding is a side-effect of running.
Having problems with the law - this is a symptom of impaired judgment. Not stopping for crossing signals, running on the wrong side of the road during races, indecent exposure while relieving yourself in public - the list goes on.
Financial difficulties - shoes, race fees, travel expenses, RnR memberships. The cost of running is daunting.
Relationship problems - they just don't understand. I’ll find a runner.
Dropping hobbies and activities - progressive addiction may stop doing things he/she used to enjoy such as running for fun.

Thanks for your support.

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3 comments:

kendallvon wrote 2 weeks ago:
Can't say I've ever been a runner. A clothing addict, a committed foodie, A shop-a-holic, the list goes on. Oh! COFFEE!!! ::drool::

Feel better. I'm pulling for you!!!
farmboyphotography wrote 2 weeks ago:
Come to think of it, I do need some new running shoes... since I'm short on cash, I'll barter. Good idea!
Kimmotion5783 wrote 2 weeks ago:
Funny you should post this, I was just thinking about taking up running. For someone who is complete beginner, what advice would you have to offer on how to get started?

Re: "social sacrifices"... I think this applies to me too as a weight loss gym rat. People have actually questioned me as to why I have to go to the gym everyday lol!

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