Can running be addictive?


I really do think that running can be addictive, but at least it is a good addiction. I have never been a fan of running, but I always wanted to be. My husband runs and I always thought that it was so great that you could just put your running shoes on, go outside and run. No extra equipment and it has lots of benefits.

I’ve tried several times but it was impossible. I would set a goal of 20 minutes and I would spend the first 15 staring at my watch counting every single second until the torture was over. Needless to say, I stopped at 15, went back home and tried again the next year. This year I decided to try again, as always, but with a different approach; I used an app. I downloaded one that takes you from 0 to 5k in 8 weeks and I got hooked right away! I loved how it would pace the routine and tell you when you needed to run or walk. Yes walk! That way you don’t get burn out trying to run a marathon on your first day. You warm up for 5 minutes, then run for 1, then walk for 1, etc depending on the week you are in, and then you always finish with a 5 minute cool down. I loved it so much that I ended up skipping it a bit to push myself and run 20 or 25 minutes non-stop ahead of time. We even went on vacation and ran 3 or 4 days out of the whole week, even on my birthday; this is unheard of.

I think exercise begets exercise, whether it is running, biking, hiking, strength training, you name it. Once you get into a routine, your body asks for it and if you don’t do it, you don’t feel well, you’ll feel off. Last week I was sick and couldn’t go out for a run, but worst of all, I was very cranky and I blame it to not being able to run.

Now I’m finally feeling better so this morning I went out for a run and made it to 4 miles. I’m not going to lie, but the last 0.25 miles were really tiring, but completely worth it. The drawback is that I think I am a little bit dehydrated and I will be sore tomorrow, but it is good sore. My next steps: running the Golden Gate Bridge (it’s not that long though but the views are great), running a 10k and maybe trail running. I’ll keep you posted.