Saturday, 17 September 2011

I need you like a drug

There is an ongoing discussion on one of Sweden's biggest running forums about how running is like a drug. I completely disagree. Running is nothing like a drug.

So what if I get the shakes when I haven't been on a run? So what if it's the only thing I can think about when I can't do it? So what if, the more I do it, the more I need it? So what if I get runner's high on it?

I can stop any time I want.

Yeah. I don't need this.
So after 5 whole days of abstinence, I couldn't wait to chose to go out for a test run. My thigh muscle has been sending me mixed signals, feeling fine when I walked, aching if I made a sudden move. I wondered how it would feel if I ran in my VFF, thus landing on my forefoot very softly.

I put on my running clothes, enjoying the sensation of synthetic fabric on my skin. It was like reuniting with a beloved old friend. I had missed my clothes. My Garmin, that faithful little dog, found some satellites. I was ready to go.

I didn't dare try my luck for more than 3 relatively flat kilometres, and for those 3 km in the chilly, sunny autumn morning, it worked really well. That's not to say that I am injury free. But the injury was almost like a discreet ghost, tapping me lightly on the shoulder. No pain. Just bliss.

I can stop any time I want.


  1. Glad you enjoyed it. But then surely water is like a drug? I need water to function, and of I go more than a few hours then I really crave it. I feel that being "addicted" to healthy activities is not wrong, only if you carried on despite injury, or overtrained, then you would say it is like a drug. But your post made me laugh :)

  2. Glad to be of service ;)
    I agree with you. Exercise is so beneficial to your health that I have a hard time seeing anything wrong with being "addicted" to it.

  3. Nej va synd att du inte gillade Murakamis springbok! Jag älskade den och fick läsa låååångsamt så den inte skulle ta slut så fort! ;)