-Eat everything you can see week
-Bitch and complain week
-Freak out about running 50k week
-Restless Leg Syndrome Week
I totally understand the point of tapering, especially leading up to a longer race like a 50k. It's good for your muscles, you store up some extra glycogen, you stay hydrated, etc. But damn it, I'm antsy and I just want to get out there and run this already:
I searched online for some variation of "how to taper without being a bitch" and discovered way more responses for methadone than I did for running. Oh. Maybe I should reevaluate my "problems," huh?
It got me thinking, though. Am I addicted to running? Can someone even BE addicted to running?
I could go a day without running, but I don't like it. Two days? Forget about it.
A few miles used to be enough, but now nothing under 5 miles gives me the same feeling.
I almost feel relieved after a good run.
Without running, I get grumpy and irritable.
Tim is clearly my enabler. "Baby, just go for a run already!"
OD'ing is common....and leads to overuse injuries.
I'm a pusher who wants everyone else to start running too.
I did a little research, and I think it's important to note that while this post might be a little tongue-in-cheek, (I have a runner's "high", better not report me to the cops! Tee-hee!) running addictions are real. Here's an interesting article from the NY Times about exercise addiction.
So, what's your take? Is running a real addiction? If it is, is it bad? Would you consider yourself addicted to running or exercise in general?
If I say no, does that mean I'm in denial? Honestly, I can't imagine not being able to run. Even when injured, I feel the need to do SOMETHING to get sweaty and keep active. Do I think exercise addictions are bad? Yes, they can be. Running 20 miles a day to get a "runner's high" doesn't sound all that healthy in the long run.
Also - help me out. What do you do when tapering?
This week I am scheduled for two different three mile runs and three days of rest. Blargh. I need new non-physical hobbies.