Monday, January 21, 2008

Rock Bottom

I have hit rock bottom. My addiction soared to an all time low. I HAVE A PROBLEM! Look at these two runs.....look very closely. Come ON! You can look closer than you see something odd???

GOT IT??? ....check out the dates. Odd huh? Did my ipod mess up? Why did it record the same date two days in a row? Oh wait....I RAN TWICE TODAY! I couldn't get enough...once was not good enough. And thats when I realized...I HAVE A PROBLEM!

Here is where you guys come in. PLease...tell me. My legs are going to fall off...I'm going to get injured...and never be able to run again. SOMETHING to stop me. It's all I can think about. I can't concentrate in school..I can't focus on anything but RUNNING! I know I sound like I just did 10 lines of coke....I promise you....I'm not a drug addict. But I feel WRONGED.I feel like someone should have warned me. Like there should have been a surgeon generals warning on my new shoes..."this could have disasterous effects on your mind and body." I feel like I should have learned about this dangerous addiction in phys ed as a child..when we learned about saying NO to drugs...and cigarettes...and sex. But NO! I was wronged. And now I'm stuck with this horrendous addiction. My only hope is that running and cycling and training for a triathlon can divert my addictions. IF anyone has battled this disease...or knows the 12 step process...PLEASE help! I'm desperate!

*Edit..I even said "running" as a typo instead of "swimming" for triathlon training. See how bad this is? *


Susan Oseen said...

Wow...I guess I can't say much. I've been running everyday since September 1st, 2007 (143 days straight). There was this one time when we have even waken up at 2:30am to get a run in before we had to be at the airport to catch a plane for a cruise. We are exercise addicts.

Whatever...there is so many worse things that I think I am still sane and so are you.

Doug said...

I to inform you there is no known cure for your illness.

On a positive note, the side effects include improved cardiovascular fitness, a resistance to fat build up, and well defined quadriceps. So, as you can see, it isn't all bad.

Although, you do sound as hopeless as me before the Chicago marathon last year. Before class I would make sketches including my goal time, pace, etc. It was bad.

The trick is to keep your mind busy with something, although I honestly tend to resort to running books!

Doug said...

I meant to say "I regret to inform you" at the beginning of that comment, but had a brain fart. Whoops!

IronGambit said...

I'm actually a secret Run dealer... so I have to encourage you to continue your addiction!

Danielle Runs said...

love u duff!!! keep it up

S.twin <3

Sarah said...

Maybe this will scare you out of overtraining:

One summer I faced the same addiction, I ran so much that I would have to come home and put bags of frozen veggies on my legs to soothe the pain. It got so bad, that I couldn't run AT ALL for 3 months.

Even years later, I get shin splints almost instantly if I run 2 days in a row.

Sadly, I am resigned to the elliptical trainer for the rest of my life (not that bad really, I'm just making a point :)

All because I ignored the signs from my body... Don't do it!!!

Benson said...

Whoa! You're getting a bit carried away. Good on ya for recognizing it. A gradual increase in running distance is OK but jumping right into a 2 a day is not wise. Sure, everything might feel fine now but you've got a long and fun athletic 'career' ahead of you. Don't blow it all on one race or in one season. If injury strikes you, it'll suck forever. Think many years of triathalons. Our society doesn't teach patients so you have to fight off the instant 'click and go' reflex.
Lay out a specific plan, program, schedule and stick to it. Really stick to it.

jahowie said...

I have the same addiction. My friends have threatened an intervention, but I think they realize that I am too far gone. ;-)
I'd still be running and riding in a straight jacket. LOL

Great job on the runs!!

Cara said...

Not sure if you wrote this to make us laugh, but I did, when I saw the poster :-)

RazZDoodle said...

The first step is admitting you have a problem. No idea what the next step is. Maybe you nail your foot to the floor for a day. Ha.

bill carter said...

Hi Christine

You are definitely hooked... I know because running did the same thing to me about 4 years ago. It is such an addictive thing because it makes your body look and feel so great.. not to mention those endorphins:-)

No surgery for me. I do all primary eye care and do minor procedures like chalazions, styes, foreign bodies, etc. Nothing takes more than a little xylo/epi. 50 degrees?? I would kill for that right now. I am more than a little bit of a freeze baby and you know what winter is like up here. Toledo is interesting because it is one of those underrated schools that are all too common.

Best of luck with your addiction.. hope you don't kick it.

*lisa* said...

hey ... new reader here. I was wondering how you get the Nike+ runs into your blog ... I'm internet-stupid.

p.s. I think your addiction is awesome. haha.

P.O.M. said...

Yep, there could be worse things to be addicted to so I wouldn't worry too much. Until you start getting some over-use injuries -which totally suck. Just listen to your body and do what it tells you :)

Anonymous said...

Running can be very addictive. Just listen to your body and don't push yourself too much too soon. Also, make sure you are hydrating and stretching. Oh ya and just have fun and enjoy your runs.

Gotta Run said...

Once running gets in your blood it just takes over and creates a life on its own.

My husband knows I am insane about running and has learned to live with it. Still I know I drive him crazy with all of the numbers and talk. now that I have taken up yoga I am now obsessed with this as well.

Major OCD issues here!!!

So if it makes you feel better I think you are NORMAL :)

Kim said...

youre so funny!!! sweet job with the photoshopping.

i suppose running twice in one day is better than binge drinking :)

Frayed Laces said...

Found your blog through RazzDoozle's. I'm another fellow science grad student dealing with running--recovering from a nasty injury too. Don't go too crazy with that running!

Who is SLB+? said...

Looks like I won't be the only one to say; beware of injury and overtraining, they'll sneak up on you and bite you in the ass when you least expect it, like a week or two before your 'A' race and then you can feel not only the pain of the injury but also watch the airfare, hotel room and entry fee all go up in smoke. The cream then is to be then be told "NO RUNNING" for eight weeks, think you're addicted, there's nothing like cold turkey to temper it.

The only known cure is to find a training plan and stick to it.