Running is a form of addiction.
You know you’re an addict when the moment you wake up… one of the first thoughts that cross your mind is: where and how long will I run today?
Another way to find out whether you’re a running addict is that inspite of whatever ills happen to your body… what concerns you the most is how this will affect your running. To illustrate this point, let me tell you a story… a couple of stories actually…
A patient consulted the ER because he was bitten by a dog in the thigh. The wound didn’t particularly look nice (it was a big dog that bit him) and so he needed some shots. The ER doctor explained everything about dog bites, the shots needed and what the patient had to do for the next few weeks. After the long speech, the following conversation ensued:
Doctor: Any questions?Patient: Uhmmm… can I still run?Doctor: Well, since its your thigh’s that’s been bitten, it would be quite painful to run.Patient: But if I can tolerate the pain, can I still run?
Last month, I met a runner who collapsed less than a kilometer before the finish line of the biggest race last year. Upon being revived
at the emergency room, his first words were… did I get to finish the race?
How about you, are you a running addict?