Guilty on both counts. When I started my blog, my Facebook page, my Pinterest, and Instagram, it was in an effort to channel my "obsession", aka my love for running and need to talk about it. Instead, it seems to have merely fueled the fire. I think I talk about it even more because I feel validated now. I get a lot of positive feedback on my blog, my Facebook page, and my Instagram page, and that just warms my heart. I have to remind myself that people who don't run might not get it or want to hear about it.
I could be addicted to far worse things. I could be addicted to drugs or alcohol. Alcoholism is prevalent on both sides of my family tree. I have admitted to my love of wine on this blog. But because I've become such a lightweight, I stop after 2 glasses. Age will do that to a person. It's probably not a bad thing. Having one hangover too many in my free-wheeling twenties taught me that heavy drinking wasn't worth the price. Maybe I just have a low tolerance for feeling like crap, because I still hear my friends bragging about how awful they felt after a party. Although I will say I'm hearing it less these days, because I think everyone's starting to slow down a bit. That age thing, I think. Or maybe I just don't have tolerance for people who like to brag about drinking to excess.
|This is what I picture my family and non-running friends wanting to say to me.|
Other unhealthy addictions include smoking, television, the internet, and s*e*x*, Or, in the case of Charlie Sheen, everything all at once. Winning! I wonder what ever became of him...
So what about that runners' high? All of these addictive activities, running and exercise included, release endorphins, nature's painkillers. Running also produces endocannabinoids--the same chemical response produced by smoking marijuana. Who knew? Maybe that explains why I'm so hungry after a long run. Endorphins and endocannabinoids are produced in response to the physical stress of running. But don't push too hard. That can negate the effects of these hormones. Running with others can enhance the runners' high. Being with others can produce the hormone oxytocin, aka the "love" hormone. Mothers are familiar with oxytocin because this hormone helps us bond with our babies. It makes sense, then that by bonding with other like-minded individuals, we runners could also experience the effects of oxytocin.
|Well, there's that too! My friend Penny's someecards just live on...|
Man, with all these chemicals flowing through my veins, it's no wonder that I love to run.
Hello, my name is Wendy and I'm a runaholic.
Do you run for the endorphins? Do you think running can be too much of a good thing?
I'm linking this post with DebRuns for Wednesday Word, which is endorphins! I'm also linking with Debbie, Lora, Susie, and Rachel for Coaches' Corner!